Indian River County, Florida is home to thousands of nesting sea turtles. Approximately 6,000 nests are laid on our beaches annually with that number rising each year because conservation efforts are working. This is GREAT news because sea turtles are keystone species that are responsible for keeping our beaches healthy by feeding the dunes through the mixing of important nutrients between land and sea. However, after a nest is laid, about 100 hatchlings are left to survive all on their own. CCinc ensures sea turtle survival by preventing major obstacles such as plastic debris commonly mistaken as food, artificially bright beaches distracting turtles from the ocean and uninformed development and tourism interfering with successful nest incubation.
With your support CCinc will continue in its efforts to protect sea turtles by actively Keeping Beaches Clean, Building a Sustainable Community, and Increasing Education about Sea Turtles' Contribution to Healthy Coastlines.
$100 - Protects 1,000 Hatchlings through nest marking on beaches
$500 - Funds a Coastal Cleanup event removing 100+ lbs of debris
$1,000 - Supports One Turtle Dig educating thousands of viewers
$2,500 - Converts One Business to Plastic Free reducing waste found in waterways
Your generous gift will allow Coastal Connections to continue in our mission of Protecting Coastal Habitats through sustainability and sea turtle conservation. We would not be able to reach this big goal without your support.
We would love to have you join us at one of our upcoming events. Please check out our calendar to find out what we are doing next to make an impact in our community.
Kendra Cope, Founding Director