It sounds cliche, but it’s true: every month is Earth Month here at TIRN. Every day, our staff, volunteers, and interns work to protect marine wildlife and the habitat they need to survive. But it’s not just us. Our supporters are a vital part of our mission to save the world's oceans. Thank you for helping us along the way as we all work together to protect the oceans.
Nesting Season Begins on the Texas Coast!
On April 21, biologists documented a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nest on Mustang Island, which was the first Kemp’s ridley nest found on the Texas coast this year. Cold weather and cold water temperatures have delayed the arrival of the state sea turtle, allowing our Sea Turtle Nest Patrol volunteers to familiarize themselves with the beaches they are patrolling all summer long. On Earth Day (April 22), one of our volunteers helped rescue this beautiful Northern Gannet on the west end of Galveston Island!
Congress Re-introduces Legislation to Phase Driftnets out of Federal Waters
Congress recently reintroduced legislation (S. 906 and H.R. 1979) that will phase out the use of harmful large mesh driftnets off the coast of California, the only place the nets continue to be used in the United States. With your support last fall, we won a major victory for marine wildlife when California passed legislation that will phase out the use of driftnets in state waters, and we need your help to ban them once and for all.
Hawaii Closes Longline Fishery for Interacting with Sea Turtle Limit
For the second year in a row, the National Marine Fisheries Service has immediately closed the Hawai’i-based shallow-set longline fishery for the rest of 2019 to comply with a federal court order limiting the interactions the fishery has with endangered loggerhead sea turtles.
Graduate Student Receives 2019 Cocos Scholarship
We're excited to announce our 2019 Cocos Scholarship recipient is Julia Janacki. Julia is a current undergraduate student at University of Wisconsin-Madison who joined our April 2019 Cocos Island expedition to help us tag hammerhead sharks and perform maintenance to the network of acoustic receivers that are strategically placed around Cocos Island. In addition to learning more about shark conservation, she says, the scholarship will help her reach her personal goal of seeing a new shark species every year!
Hundreds Celebrate Earth Day with TIRN!
For Earth Day, Turtle Island Restoration Network's California-based program SPAWN hosted a Salmon Festival at our headquarters in Olema, California. We had a great time with nesrly 100 community members planting native plants and trees, touring our restoration site, propogating native plants, making native plant seedballs, and cleaning debris out of the creek. Thank you to everyone who came, and to the amazing sponsors that made it all possible. You can see photographs from the fun event on SPAWN's Facebook.
April 2019 Cocos Expedition: The Crossing
We just got back from another great research expedition to Cocos Island, where we were able to tag 5 new hammerheads and download more than 250,000 new data points from 8 receivers over the past six months! Executive Director and Trip Leader Todd Steiner is currently working on a trip report and a series of blogs on the expedition. You can read the first of the series about the crossing to Cocos today.
Save the Date: The Art of Saving Sea Turtles
Turtle Island Restoration Network will host The Art of Saving Sea Turtles, an evening benefit celebrating local sea turtle conservation and community art, on Sunday, September 29 at The Bryan Museum in Galveston, Texas. In its second year, The Art of Saving Sea Turtles showcases the Turtles About Town community-based art project and TIRN's sea turtle conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. Sponsorship opportunities are available, as well as the opportunity to make a donation for the silent auction. For more information, please contact Joanie Steinhaus at firstname.lastname@example.org or (409) 795-8426.
Join our June Cocos Expedition!
In just one short month, Turtle Island Restoration Network and a crew of citizen scuba divers will travel to Cocos Island, one of the world's most premier dive sites, to conduct sea turtle and shark migration research. There are still a few spots available! If you are a scuba diver or know someone who is, please join our expedition.