sea turtle conservancy

The Great Sea Turtle Race

Jul 25, 2016

Was it pre-race jitters? Dash was feverishly thumping her flippers at the wooden sides of her beach corral. An attentive volunteer placed a white towel atop the sea turtle's head to calm her down. Meanwhile, the countdown was on for the 2015 Tour de Turtle.

Sporting a 27- inch long curved shell, Dash was going loggerhead-to-loggerhead with Myrtle (with a 43-inch shell). Close to a 2,000 spectators turned up last July at the Barrier Island Center located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in southern Melbourne Beach to cheer on the two competitors.

Tour De Turtles Kick Off Event - Aug 1st

Jul 28, 2015

Please join Sea Turtle Conservancy as we kick off Tour de Turtles with a celebration featuring hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, live music, and a silent auction to benefit sea turtle conservation and habitat protection in Brevard County. All proceeds from the event support sea turtle conservation efforts.

There are a multitude of ongoing exciting events and programs at the Barrier Island Sanctuary Management and Education Center, less formally known as the Barrier Island Center. The Center is located at 8385 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach - right in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge was established by Congress in 1989 to protect sea turtles now threatened with extinction throughout the world.

Created in 2008 by the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the Tour de Turtles is a fun, educational journey through the science, research and geography of sea turtle migration using satellite telemetry. Kick-off the Tour de Turtles with a celebration featuring hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, a silent auction, local artists and music.