Help us fund the upcoming field season during our 30 day fundraising campaign.
Our study is conducted entirely by volunteers and is completely funded by grants, personal funds and community support. Each year we seek funding to repair equipment and replace items. We have decided to attempt funding via our own website instead of a crowdfunding site like GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, or Kickstarter. This will allow us to receive the maximum amount of your donation.
If you wish to donate via check, please click the donate button below and follow the instructions.
We are seeking a total of $9,500 for:
Replacement ATV ($4,500)
Since we cover over 25 miles of beach, ATVs are essential to our surveys. Typically we need 3-4 ATVs per night. Due to the harsh and salty conditions, even with the best of care, ATVs only last about three years. One of our ATVs which has been used for the past three seasons has become unreliable and unsafe. We hope to replace this ATV with a new unit so that we can cover our entire survey area.
Satellite transmitter and satellite collection fees ($4,000)
One of the best tools that we have to understand how leatherbacks behave while they are in our waters each summer is the "satellite transmitter." These small (expensive) devices collect a lot of data when deployed on a leatherback turtle. Along with very precise GPS locations, the preferred device that we utilize also collects diving depth and water temperature data.
The purchase of a new satellite transmitter will allow us to continue to gather data on how leatherback sea turtles utilize the nearshore waters of Florida. Each season it is our goal to collect data on the movements of leatherbacks between nesting events. All data collected by these satellite transmitters is posted and shared online here on our website.
This device would be used for two seasons before the battery runs out and will need to be replaced. Check out the results of previous satellite tracking HERE
General supplies ($1,000)
Each year we need funding to repair equipment, and replace items such as;
- Betadine and Alcohol swabs
- Nitrile gloves
- ATV parts
Funds are also used to pay for server costs to fully automate our data collection system and help ensure safety and allow communication between our volunteers out on the beach at night.