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Celebrate Earth Day with Turtles Fly Too!

Greetings, Earthlings. That's right, it's Earth Day.

Today is actually the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. It’s a day to reflect on Mother Nature’s beauty and enjoy our natural environment. So, strap on your face mask, walk outside, take a deep breath, and say good morning world! Turtles Fly Too supports Mother Earth every day with our mission to provide general aviation support for the transport of endangered species. We celebrate with you on this special day. I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe and are staying positive during this challenging time.

As many of us continue to stay close to home, I want to provide you some exciting updates on our recent emergency mission flown using “social distancing” and recent fly-in event held in Florida. Please enjoy this, our first newsletter, with the hopes of many more to follow. As we are sheltering in place, we have been investing in updates to our website, increased social media, and now, our first newsletter as we want to share all of our good news.

Take a few moments and enjoy our articles as it was an exciting spring, complete with a recent emergency mission that due to COVID 19, took extra planning, lots of coordination, and extreme caution. In addition, Turtles Fly Too is expanding, not only to the west coast but internationally as well. It’s a great time to be part of Turtles Fly Too, and, on this special day, we want to thank you for your support, as each of you has contributed to the success of our organization.

While working hard to keep our organization intact, we have cut expenses wherever possible. Turtles Fly Too has been fortunate over the past four years to have a dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep us going. Although growth can be exciting, it can also be challenging as we are finding ourselves needing to hire staff to handle the functional aspects of our organization. We have just completed a five-year business plan and will be expanding our STEM programs and outreach to communities nationwide.

You are helping to ensure that Turtles Fly Too continues to remain the vital resource it has always been. 

Above all, we wish you and your family health and safety, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Happy Tailwinds,

Leslie Weinstein

P.S. Our work can't stop and won't stop in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. We will keep providing general aviation support–at a safe social distance–for the protection of our endangered species.

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About the author

Leslie J. Weinstein

Leslie J. Weinstein

Leslie J. Weinstein, Founder and President, Turtles Fly Too

Born and raised in the St Augustine area, I spent most of my youth along the beaches near my home. Even as a child, the sea turtles that laid their eggs on our property fascinated me. I found myself ever protective of them as I often rescued many eggs from other beaches where turtle nests were being robbed for profit or vandalized by beachgoers for sport. Little did I realize that nearly 30 years later, those very same sea turtles would return to these same beach dunes where I hid their eggs as a kid. Our passion for the preservation of sea turtles and for research and education to further sea turtle conservation is what encouraged my wife Linda and I to donate our beach-front property to the UF ACCSTR to support the continued existence of sea turtle conservation.