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Monmouth Park Family Fun Day Fundraiser

The Friends is pleased to be selected as the 'charity of choice' for the 2018 Monmouth Park Family Fun Day fundraiser. 

The DeLong and Keady families have spent the past 7 springs visiting and vacationing on the island of St John.  Last year, when Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated much of the island the two families contemplated cancelling their trip. Instead, they came down to help with the restoration work and volunteered with the Friends. Their group of seven helped remove storm debris along hiking trails and a sugar mill ruin. 
 
The family fun day fundraising goal is $5000 to help protect our sea turtles. Please help them reach their goal by making a contribution. Be sure to include a comment with your gift: "Monmouth Park Family Fun Day fundraiser". For questions, please contact Tonia Lovejoy at Tlovejoy@friendsvinp.org
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NPS Sea Turtle Monitoring Program

The Virgin Islands National Park resource management team needs your help monitoring the beaches of St. John for sea turtle nesting activity. Dedicated individuals will be responsible for conducting early morning beach surveys from July to November.  

Please attend one of our trainings at Hawksnest Beach on:
Tuesday – June 19th from 9-11 am
Tuesday—June 19th from 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday – June 21th from 9-11 am

Available seats are limited for this training. If interested, please e-mail program coordinator Adren Anderson at: adrenand@gmail.com to sign up.

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Sea Turtle Monitoring & Protection

The St. John Sea Turtle Monitoring and Protection Program aims to protect sea turtle nests, facilitate research projects, and spread awareness of sea turtle conservation on St. John through educational outreach programs.  The volunteer-based beach monitoring program seeks to locate and monitor sea turtle nests around the island.  Each volunteer is assigned a specific beach which they monitor 1-7 times a week throughout peak hawksbill nesting season.

Sea turtles have been swimming the world’s oceans for over 100 million years.  Today, there are seven recognized species of sea turtles; all of which are threatened, endangered, or critically endangered by national (Endangered Species Act) and international (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) classifications.  Four of the seven species can be seen in the waters around the U.S. Virgin Islands: hawksbills, greens, leatherbacks, and loggerheads.  The leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles are known to nest on the beaches of St. John, and the greens are commonly spotted foraging offshore. Loggerheads are very rare, but have been spotted in the waters of the Virgin Islands.

Hawksbill sea turtles comprises the majority of our nests on St. John.  While these turtles nest year-round, the peak of the nesting season is from August to November in the Virgin Islands. During this time, these turtles will return to their natal beaches and deposit between 3-5 nests at 14 day intervals. Each nest contains around 80-200  ping-pong shaped eggs that incubate for around 55-75 days. Leatherbacks have also been known to nest on St. John.  In fact, Trunk Bay was named after the large ‘trunk-like’ turtles using the area as a nesting ground. 

Monmouth Park Family Fun Day Fundraiser

Monmouth Park Family Fun Day Fundraiser

$ 4,166.00
Raised
$ 5,000.00
Goal
84% Donated
37
Donors

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