Sea Turtle, Inc.

Education, Conservation, Rehabilitation

South Padre Island, TX   |  www.seaturtleinc.org

Mission

At Sea Turtle Inc., our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Wendy Knight

Main address

PO Box 3987

South Padre Island, TX 78597 USA

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EIN

74-2042030

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Sea Turtle Inc., our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species. Founded in 1977 by Former pilot Ila Fox Loetscher who saw the need for the protection of sea turtles after being declared endangered in 1970. After more than 40 years the legacy of Sea Turtle Inc continues to focus on conservation, education and rehabilitation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Conservation

Over the last 10 years Sea Turtle Inc has protected and corralled more than 55,000 sea turtle eggs and more than 600 nesting females. From April to August, we have staff and volunteers patrol the beaches in search of nesting sea turtles. Once a nest is found, we relocate it to the safety of our corral, then when the turtles hatch, we assist them in a safe travel to the ocean.

We invite the public to these release events to spread awareness and education.

We host up to 8 interns during nesting season each year to educate and impassion the next generation of marine biologists on the importance of ocean health and the sea turtle population

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Sea turtles play a vital role in preserving the health of the world’s oceans. They maintain marine habitats, assist with nutrient cycling, provide habitat for other marine organisms, and help sustain balanced food webs.

Extensive changes have occurred throughout ocean ecosystems due to declining sea turtle populations. Human-caused threats are pushing sea turtles towards extinction. As their numbers continue to decline, so does their ability to fulfill their vital roles in the ecosystem.

Our goal is to educate the public about threats to sea turtles and their habitats as a step toward protecting them and ensuring healthy and resilient oceans for future generations.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Sea Turtle, Inc. rehabilitates sick and injured sea turtles and houses non-releasable education turtles, terrapins, and tortoises. Meet the turtles that currently reside in our facility!

Over the last 10 years more than 1800 sea turtles have interacted with the rehabilitation hospital at Sea Turtle Inc. Medical care, treatment, medication and rehabilitation is provided year round with the ultimate goal of releasing the back into the wild.

In Feb 2021 Sea Turtle Inc rescued more than 5,300 sea turtles in the largest cold stun event in recorded history

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of eggs corralled and protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number represents the number of hatchling eggs protected in our corral during the given years nesting season

Number of nesting females protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This represents the number of nesting female sea turtles protected on the beach of South Padre Island during the indicated calendar year nesting season

Total Cold Stun Turtles Rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This represents the total number of cold stun turtles Sea Turtle Inc has rescued 2021YTD has already topped 5300 cold stun turtles as we reacted to the largest coldest stun event in recorded history

Sea Turtle hospital intake numbers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This represents the number of all sea turtles picked up or responded to for our hospital to evaluate by year

Number of programs taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes the number of programs taught in all states both virtually and in person

Number of participants that have attended our education program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New Metric as of 2019 that records the number of students and adults that have enrolled in and participated in one of our education programs during the year

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Conservation: Over the last 10 years Sea Turtle Inc has corralled more than 55,000 eggs and protected more than 600 nesting females on the beaches of South Padre Island. Focus on protection and advancement of the sea turtle population is a critical component of Sea Turtle Inc. mission and focus.

Education: Education of the importance of conservation, ocean health and the impact of everyday choices is the tier of our three tiered mission. We offer virtual and in person education to all ages focused on reducing litter, advancing ocean health, education of rehabilitation and summer camps to advance marine knowledge and to educate the next generation of ocean stewards.

Rehabilitation: Our third tier is rehabilitation and release of injured sea turtles. In the last 10 years more than 1800 sea turtles have interacted with our hospital and rehabilitation facility. Treatment, medication and rehabilitation efforts are provided year round with intended result of eventually releasing back into the wild.

We aim to continue to grow and expand this organization to have a world wide impact on the Sea Turtle Population

Sea turtles play a vital role in preserving the health of the world’s oceans. They maintain marine habitats, assist with nutrient cycling, provide habitat for other marine organisms, and help sustain balanced food webs.

Extensive changes have occurred throughout ocean ecosystems due to declining sea turtle populations. Human-caused threats are pushing sea turtles towards extinction. As their numbers continue to decline, so does their ability to fulfill their vital roles in the ecosystem.

Our goal is to educate the public about threats to sea turtles and their habitats as a step toward protecting them and ensuring healthy and resilient oceans for future generations.

We provide both Virtual and In Person programs that aide to educate and impassion guests and participants in the following areas
- Sea Turtle Population and Conservation
- Field Trips
- Species
- Threats to Sea Turtles
- How you can help
- Be a Vet Programs
- In class presentations
- Life Cycle of a Sea Turtle
- Trash Free-No Debris
- Squid Dissention

Our dedicated staff of Marine Biologists and skilled educators are dedicated to providing passionate and engaging curriculum to students of all ages

We have generated all programs to be in person and virtual.
Teaching students in more than 30 states we have been able to reach thousands of classrooms with the message of the importance of conservation and rehabilitation.

We are currently working to generate bilingual opportunities in Mexico and to start getting the message of education and conservation out worldwide.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Sea Turtle, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shane Wilson

Jeff George

John Butler

Scott Boruff

Pat Burchfield Ph.D.

Gladys Porter Zoo

Robin Farris

William Hoenes

Heather Hunt

J.C. Whitfield

John Tippit

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/13/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data