SCCF sea turtle volunteers log 3,356 hours
During the 2020 season, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s team of volunteers contributed a total of 3,356.5 hours toward sea turtle conservation. Having missed one month (the on-island volunteers) or one-and-a-half months (the off-island ones) at the start of the season, the total represents an incredible effort by a dedicated group of passionate individuals, officials reported.
It was an exciting moment when the volunteers returned to patrols again, with staff as happy to have them back as the volunteers were thrilled to jump right back into the action. Patrolling at the peak of nesting during a banner year kept them busy, spending long days out on the beach right away. They were always enthusiastic and positive, from verifying a leatherback nest on their first day, to spending over seven hours at a time on the beach in peak season, to completing 12 inventories on a single patrol.
The 2020 season was unpredictable and memorable, generating records, highlights and exciting moments, officials reported. Volunteers were an incredibly large part of that and one of the biggest reasons the monitoring efforts remained so successful in such a busy and challenging year.