CALLING ALL SEA TURTLE PILOTS!
As the days get shorter and the cold winds blow, sea turtles in the Northeast start to “cold stun” (similar to hypothermia in humans). Each fall, endangered and threatened turtles wash ashore by the hundreds. They are rescued off the beach and brought to rehabilitation facilities to be warmed and given medical care. As more and more turtles strand, rehabilitation facilities start to fill up and turtles must be transported to other facilities, sometimes states away or even across the country.
WE NEED YOU!
If you are a pilot and/or plane owner, you can help save sea turtles! Just like an ambulance taking a critical patient to a hospital, Sea Turtle Rescue Flights are vital to the survival of cold-stunned sea turtles.
Flights depart from Massachusetts and head south, most commonly to facilities from Florida to Maryland, but flights have gone to almost every state from Texas to Maryland. Volunteer flights are the key to success in saving these turtles. In 2014, over 500 turtles were transported using donated flights and most of these turtles were ultimately released back into the wild.
You can make a difference! If you are interested in donating a Sea Turtle Rescue Flight, please contact us by messenger and let us know your name, contact information, your home port, and the information about your plane.
THANK YOU TO THE GENERAL AVIATION COMMUNITY!