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Adopt A Sea Turtle Nest

Your donation goes directly to helping MORAES sea turtle conservation efforts.

MORAES is accepting donations for our sea turtle nesting program, giving individuals, families, and/or groups the opportunity to symbolically adopt a nest in their name. This program highlights the importance of protecting sea turtles and their habitats. 


MORAES monitors sea turtle nesting on Virginia Key, Miami from May 1 to Oct. 31. Data collected from the nests are submitted to state and federal agencies to monitor management and recovery efforts. 

Example of marked sea turtle next for Virginia Key monitoring


With a donation of $100, all donors will receive an official adoption certificate and a photo of your adopted nest! On the actual nest on Virginia Key, the stake will be marked with your name as the honorary adopter of the nest!

Your stake will remain for the nest's incubation period, an estimated 45 to 70 days. You will then be notified by email when your nest has hatched.

All marine turtle activities are conducted under Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Turtle Permit 153. It is prohibited to tamper with nests under federal ad state law. If you find a dead, sick or injured sea turtle, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's 24-hour hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922.)

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