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It's an important day for our Oceans!

World Oceans Day graphicIt’s a day to reflect on just how the actions we take every day affect our oceans. As a major food source, we need to protect and nurture and not overuse its resources. Turtles Fly Too supports our Oceans every day with our mission to provide general aviation transport of endangered species. We celebrate with you on this special day.

As many of us continue to stay close to home, Turtles Fly Too continues to operate and recently flown two separate rescue missions in May, one on each coast, of course using “social distancing.” Please enjoy our second newsletter, with many more to follow. 

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.