Sea Turtle, Inc.
CONTENTS SEA TURTLE INC REHABILITATION AND RESEARCH CENTER NESTING SEASON WORLDWIDE REACH 2023 is the year Sea Turtle Inc. erects a best-in-class hospital and research center on South Padre Island! Watch it unfold. Today Show, Sam Hunt Music Video mania, to creating a global community We continued to share our story in various elements 07 03 DEEPENING OUR FOUNDATION LETTER FROM OUR CEO Wendy Knight thinks back on the transformative year behind STI and the opportunities for 2023 Education The backbone of the organization: STI volunteers lined up to support the mission We take a look at what the new hospital will do to support the mission as we make STI one of the most recognized conservation organizations in the world 12 14 04 05 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: 06 07 REVENUE AND EXPENSES NESTING SEASON THE LARGEST NESTING SEASON IN SPI HISTORY 09 10 VOLUNTEERS 12 13 SEA TURTLE INC REHABILITATION AND RESEARCH CENTER 6617 PADRE BLVD PO BOX 3987 SOUTH PADRE ISLAND TX 78597 956-761-4511 WWW SEATURTLEINC ORG 2022 was the year of high impact campaigns that re-engage the public with our mission as we look to the future with a new hospital 14 MEDIA AND MARKETING STAFF DIRECTORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS LISTING 02 | Sea Turtle Inc 2022 Annual Report 08 Rehabilitation Conservation 15 IN THE COMMUNITY 11
A Letter from the Chief Executive Officer
Deepening our foundation......
It's hard to believe we are closing out another year at Sea Turtle Inc
If I had to sum up 2022 in a single word, it would be deeper.
The focus of this organization in 2022 was to do more. To strengthen the foundation and the work that has come from 45 years of dedication and focus.
As you will read over the following pages, Sea Turtle Inc approached this challenge with focus and vigor Across all arms of our mission we looked for expanded and deeper ways to have a meaningful impact on our core tenants of Education, Conservation, and Rehabilitation
Our Education department expanded programming across 3 countries and 21 states Secured a full time bilingual educator and has secured grants to provide free conservation education to low income and underprivileged students Hosting more than 12000 school age students to provide a hands on and quality experience for our next generation of ocean stewards.
Conservation responded to the largest nesting season of record for Sea Turtle Inc. Protecting more than 10,000 eggs; our dedicated staff worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week to have a record breaking result during a very difficult nesting season.
And finally our Rehabilitation staff prepared for and executed plans to provide the same high-quality rehabilitation care, in a temporary hospital, while we build the largest fully enclosed sea turtle hospital in the world
As we close out this year, the foundation is stronger and deeper, as we continue to focus on making a worldwide impact on sea turtle conservation 2023 brings with it the realization of a dream decades in the making A new state-of-the-art rehabilitation and research center that will usher in the next decade of research and rehabilitation of Sea Turtle Inc.
Officer STI 03 | Sea Turtle Inc 2022 Annual Report
Wendy Knight Chief Executive
Program Highlights Visitors came to our facility in 2022 Students educated with Sea Turtle Inc. onsite programs 04 | Sea Turtle Inc 2022 Annual Report Students taught virtually, in outschool programs, or camps in 2022 541 Education 188,000 227,273 Social media following for Sea Turtle Inc. Expanding reach across 15 countries worldwide. 11,595 2022 has given the Education Department the opportunity to expand its inclusivity and diversity within our programming As we look toward the future, we are excited to continue to develop our programming to provide accessible, quality science education to the community and encourage future generations of ocean stewards to come. - Hannah, Director of Education AccessibilityandDiversityInitiative Launched in 2022 to provide free bilingual education programs. Program also includes sensory friendly nights and accessible programming to diverse and inclusive audiences. AdditionofaBilingualeducator Dedicated Spanish-speaking educator onsite and available to offer programming in both English and Spanish Interactiveandengagingeducation As we continue to construct the new hospital the education department continues to seek grants and funding to help build an interactive and engaging program within the hospital. This is focused on creating the connection of nature and stewardship ethic towards the environment. Education programs taught across 21 States To donate specifically to the education experience in the new hospital CLICK HERE
53.6% of our new patients in 2022 came to us after being trapped in the jetty rocks May was our largest month with 18 new patients Patients stayed with us on average 2 months in 2022 We treated our first Hawksbill patient since 2018
We deployed our first satellite tag in November 2022. This data will help us evaluate the movement of rehabilitation patients and allow us to better respond based on this data.
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Sea Turtle patients released from the hospital
Turtle patients admitted to the hospital
After stranding the 4th time Cowgirl was declared nonreleasable and was adopted by Sea Turtle Inc You can come meet Cowgirl in our resident center at Sea Turtle Inc. 2022 deepened the foundation of the rehabilitation department Improvements to our resident center, moving into the temporary hospital, and increases in patient intake are the highlights of the year. We are staged and prepared to move into the new sea turtle hospital in 2023 We are grateful to the staff and volunteers that have supported us during this transitionary process
- Chris, Director of Animal Care
Program Highlights Conservation 297 Cold stunned sea turtles rescued in 2022 104 Nests protected on South Padre Island and Boca Chica Beach 4,747 Hatchlings released into the Gulf of Mexico during nesting season as a result of the patrol and protection efforts of Sea Turtle Inc. staff and volunteers 7403 Hours spent patrolling beaches on ATV's during the 2022 nesting season. This represents one of the largest patrol effort years in our history 36,010 Miles of beach covered over entire year of 2022 on both South Padre Island and Boca Chica beaches This season wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless dedication of our staff, interns, and volunteers. This work will have a meaningful impact for generations to come We thank you all for your continued support, and can’t wait to see what 2023 has in store for us! - Dr Amy, Chief Conservation Officer Sea turtle eggs protected in the 2022 season 10,079 06 | Sea Turtle Inc 2022 Annual Report
Public education is a critical part of nesting season
Sea Turtle Inc. was able to host 6 Public Releases during nesting season 920 hatchlings were released in public releases on South Padre Island, witnessed by thousands of summer visitors
Thanks to the efforts of staff, interns, and volunteers we were able to be onsite with the turtle for 66 of the nests laid this season 27 new PIT tags were applied to nesting females We had a nesting female from 2007 return to us in 2022
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Largest Nesting Season in SPI History 104 Total Nests 10,079 Eggs Protected 7403 Hatchlings Released
Patrol hours and miles patrolled exceeded all prior records thanks to hours of volunteer time and effort First Loggerhead nest recorded on Boca Chica beach
Public Release Watch the final Nest
Revenue & Expenses Breakdown 08 | Sea Turtle Inc 2022 Annual Report Program Expense Breakdown Conservation $496,186.00 Education $561,120.00 Rehabilitation $583,189.00 74% of all expense spend is program related Revenue Admissions $
Gift Shop $
Total $ 3,658,327.30 Capital Campaign $3,307,679
Educating the public about sea turtles is what I do, but capturing and validating a child's passion for sea turtles is always my goal. There is a glint in their eyes when they truly love something. If I only influence one child to pursue their dream, my job as an ambassador is fulfilled. -
Volunteer Highlights 09 | Sea Turtle Inc 2022 | Annual Report 189
Ambassador/Volunteer New Volunteers Enrolled Hours Volunteered 5600 Active Volunteers 332
Every year we just continue to be amazed by the hard work and dedication of our volunteer staff! They are really the heart of Sea Turtle Inc. and we are so grateful to each and every one.
Meet our newest ambassadors
The Ambassador program is a way for us to recognize the efforts of our most dedicated volunteers, those with over 300 hours of service in 2022. Susan and Cea mbassadors in this program since its launch in 2021.
Thank you to the follo ours in 2022
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m Susan Enloe Cean Hartleben re Brian Kohl Linda Montgomery Mike Norris Stephanie Cano Mary Grandy Carol Reed Saul Tenorio Amith Salazar
- Wendy, CEO
In the Community
In 2022 we took every opportunity to get involved in our community by hosting and participating in events - from family days to launching our first annual 5K fun run.
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Expanded size to increase Dedicated cold stun room State-of-the-art surgical center One of the first fully dedicated sea turtle Food Prep area Updated Life Support Systems Research Lab Expanded parking New walkways, restrooms, and ramps Indoor facility to help protect equipment and patients New Hospital Features patient count CT scan machines Sea Turtle Inc Rehabilitation and Research Center 12 | Sea Turtle Inc. 2022 Annual Report Construction Began 10/31/2022 Construction Status click to watch
CLICK HERE Sea Turtle Hospital Temporary Facility, Funding and Timeline 13 | Sea Turtle Inc 2022 Annual Report Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete sponsorship booklet. Visit us at https://seaturtleinc.org/clinic/ for more details Set up to use existing space in education center to continue rehabilitation and release during construction Temporary Hospital Capital Campaign Estimated Budget $7.2 Million Donations, Sponsors and Grants $5.5 Million Additional Fundraising Goal $1.7 Million Capital Campaign Donation and Sponsorships are still available To donate directly to hospital funds Public Bid process Summer 2022 Construction begins October 2022 Demolition Completed December 2022 Goal Completion Q4 2023
Media & Marketing
Sea Turtle Inc 2022 Annual Report We have been covered by national and worldwide media partnerships this year that have expanded communications across the board Solidifying and executing the marketing and development foundation is the name of the game With the new sea turtle hospital on the horizon, the impact of Sea Turtle Inc. is endless!
- Sanjuana, Director of Marketing & Development KIA
Also featured on:
Animal Planet with Ian Shive
2022 was a big year for social media and online development. We created mission critical content that helped us expand our reach and connect with supporters from all over the world
From nesting to releases, we went live 29 times in 2022!
227K followers Wereachedover 10 million users Founder, IlaLoetscher webuiltacommunity 15 | Sea Turtle Inc 2022 Annual Report
Media & Marketing
Hunt sparked a revival of a vintage Sea Turtle Inc. tee from his Water Under the Bridge music video
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