December 30, 2012

Forbes: 12 Days of Charitable Giving 2012: Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

by Kelly Phillips Erb
December 29, 2012

Sea turtles inhabit all of the world’s oceans except the Arctic. There are seven species of sea turtles; five of these are found in my home state of North Carolina. The most abundant species in North Carolina is the loggerhead that nests annually on our beaches...

With so many turtles in danger at our beaches, there are precious few resources to help them. That changed in 1996 when a small group of dedicated volunteers with the Topsail Turtle Project stood on an empty lot in Topsail Beach, N.C...

In 1997, construction began on a 900 sq. ft. facility which would become the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center where air and water temperatures could be kept sea turtle warm. Volunteers would care for injured sea turtles, monitor the beach for nests each morning and make sure that baby sea turtles made it safely to the water each night...

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