… to better serve sea turtles nesting at Atlantic Beach …
The Atlantic Beach Sea Turtle Project Volunteer Mission:
The mission of the ABSTP is to monitor and help ensure the progress, success and safety of nesting sea turtles, nests, and hatchlings during the sea turtle nesting season of May 1 through September 30 on the beach strand of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina and provide support year-round to the North Carolina Sea Turtle Stranding Network. The ABSTP volunteer organization work under the permit and permissions of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Goals of the ABSTP:
- Assist the NCWRC in the possession, transportation and disposition of stranded sea turtles.
- Assist the NCWRC in nest marking, monitoring and evaluation.
- Provide education and training for new and renewing volunteers each year including conducting and attending permit holders meeting.
- Provide education to the general public and The Atlantic Beach Town Management on the local sea turtle conservation efforts being conducted.
Atlantic Beach Sea Turtle Project, Inc. Mission:
The mission of the ABSTP nonprofit is help provide additional support to the volunteer organization ABSTP and their mission to monitor and help ensure the progress, success and safety of nesting sea turtles, nests, and hatchlings during the sea turtle nesting season of May 1 through September 30 on the beach strand of Atlantic Beach, NC and provide support year-round to the North Carolina Sea Turtle Stranding Network.
Goals of the ABSTP Non-Profit:
- Create and maintain an educational website of nesting updates, sea turtle news, resources/links, ways to help sea turtles, and how to contribute to the nonprofit.
- Contribute materials required for nest protections such as but not limited to: wooden stakes, rope, educational signs, educational materials, shovels, rakes, hoes, shade clothes, fencing, buckets, flashlights, totes, rubber gloves.
- Maintain a beach vehicle (including maintenance, gas, storage and insurance), to be able to transport equipment to and from nests and for volunteers to use to access nests and conduct patrols.
- Support and create educational materials and lighting alternatives for light pollution caused by town and residential lighting that result in the disorientation and misorientation of nesting mothers and emerging hatchlings from nests.