Several groups offer the option



Most folks don’t realize that the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol is not the only such volunteer group surveying local beaches. Turtle patrols also exist for Indian Pass, Gulf and East Bay (WindMark, St. Joe Beach, Beacon Hill, Mexico Beach), St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge and the T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Several of those groups offer “Adopt-A-Nest” or adopt a turtle program, while others accept donations to support the work. The adoption programs offer recognition to donors and the option of naming a mama turtle. Review the attached map to consider the options and get involved as sea turtle season has started and will continue until November.