Have you heard about Turtle Trackers? Did you know there are over 350 turtle trackers on Hilton Head, many of whom are right here in Shipyard?
The Turtle Trackers are a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is “to assist with the preservation efforts for endangered sea turtles nesting on Hilton Head Island, and to educate the public for the protection of our sea turtle hatchlings heading to the ocean.” There are currently 6 chapters island-wide: Sea Pines (the founding chapter), Forest Beach, Shipyard, Palmetto Dunes/Singleton Beach, Port Royal, and North End.
How do trackers help the sea turtles?
Many trackers are “beach ambassadors” who go onto the beach during nesting season, (typically after 5 PM) to fill holes, flatten sand structures, remove trash and educate the public on ways to protect our turtles. Some trackers choose to serve on one of our committees; there’s work available in the off-season as well as during nesting season, so you don’t need to be a full-time resident to be a tracker. We also staff a turtle learning center at Shelter Cove Marina on Tuesday nights between May and September to educate visitors about how they can help while vacationing on HHI.
Trackers are provided with turtle education and training, so it’s okay if you don’t know much about the turtles just yet.
To learn more about the Turtle Trackers and how you can help protect our sea turtles, email Joanne Voulelis at firstname.lastname@example.org.