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Sea Turtle Conservancy

Sea Turtle ConservancyIt is the mission of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend. STC is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Florida with offices and projects in several other locations. STC is the oldest sea turtle organization in the world. Since its founding in 1959, STC’s work has greatly improved the survival outlook for several species of sea turtles.

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Disney Parks Blog

Disney Parks BlogThe Disney Parks Blog is the go-to source for news, updates and behind-the-scenes looks at all-things Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

Certina

CertinaCertina watches are known for their precision, reliability and sporty character. The sport watch brand has an international reputation built on quality Swiss workmanship, throughout its 125-year history. Water is the source of all life. Perhaps this is the reason why humans have always been so fascinated by this element. Certina also succumbed to the magic of the oceans long ago, dedicating a series of timepieces to life above and under water. Certina's passion for the world's oceans dates back to the 1960s, when the brand equipped two underwater projects that aroused international attention. Certina's maritime models are the ideal companion on holiday, but they can also be much more than that. Thanks to their dynamic design they look great both at the conference table and at a smart dinner. They are reliable and elegant sport watches - and radiate a lust for life.

tarte

tartetarte's founder set out to create a line of cosmetics that would prove glamour can be good for you by pioneering the use of high-performance naturals. Today, tarte is a leader in healthy, eco-chic beauty, offering cruelty-free cosmetics infused with skinvigorating ingredients like superfruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients. But it's not just about what's in our powerful formulas; it's what's not in them that really sets us apart! All of our products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten, just to name a few. Ingredients are absolutely important to me, but so are formulas that perform.

World Nomads

World NomadsWorld Nomads assists independent and adventurous travelers to get the most from their travel experiences and explore their boundaries. Stay safe on the road with global travel insurance and the latest travel safety tips, plan your trip with insider destination guides and recommendations from other nomads, explore your passion for storytelling on a travel scholarship and give back to the places you love through our Footprints charity program.

Ripley’s Aquariums

Ripleys AquariumsFor more than 90 years, Ripley’s Entertainment, Inc. has entertained visitors around the world, with more than 90 attractions in 10 countries. Ripley’s Entertainment’s three aquariums in Myrtle Beach, SC, Gatlinburg, TN, and Toronto, Canada have educated millions of visitors. In the next decade, Ripley’s plans to open more aquariums in tourist markets throughout North America and the world.

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Atlantis, Paradise IslandAtlantis, Paradise Island is a unique, ocean-themed destination located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and seawater lagoons, pools, and habitats. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis supports multiple Bahamian and Caribbean marine conservation programs through the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation and has helped preserve over one million acres of marine habitat in The Bahamas. Learn more at www.BlueProjectAtlantis.org.

Pura Vida Bracelets

Pura Vida BraceletsIn the summer of 2010, while traveling through Costa Rica, Griffin and Paul crossed paths with two bracelet artisans named Jorge and Joaquin. Griffin and Paul partnered with Jorge and Joaquin in hopes of spreading the "pura vida" spirit with others. In the early days, they were only selling a few bracelets a week. Today, the bracelets are worn by millions of people around the world and their artisan community has expanded from Costa Rica to El Salvador, India, and more. Now 350+ artisans can depend on steady income in positive working environments, thanks to the support of Pura Vida Bracelets customers. The bracelets continue to serve as a tangible reminder to slow down and live in the moment.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Four Seasons Resort NevisFour Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. The company’s guiding principle is the Golden Rule, and as such Four Seasons strives to have a long-lasting, positive influence on the communities where we operate and on the people we employ and serve around the world. We believe that this is integral to our success as a company. Four Seasons involves employees and guests in the common goal of preserving and protecting the planet. We engage in sustainable practices that conserve natural resources and reduce environmental impact. As importantly, sustainable tourism will enhance and protect the destinations where Four Seasons operates for generations to come.

The Turtle Hospital

The Turtle HospitalThe Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.

Sea Life Trust

Sea Life Trust Through our partnership with the global SEA LIFE Aquarium chain, we are able to reach, and inspire, a huge audience who are being given a glimpse of our amazing marine life. Our vision is of a world where our oceans are healthy, properly protected and full of diverse life and we run inspiring conservation campaigns and fund projects and education programmes that champion the need for plastic-free oceans, sustainable fishing, effective Marine Protected Areas and the protection of marine life. A key element of our work in partnership with SEA LIFE is supporting sea turtle rescue and tagging initiatives across the world. Together with the team from SEA LIFE Orlando, we're proud to be part of the Tour de Turtle this year!

Disney Conservation Fund

Disney Conservation FundDisney Conservation Fund enables nonprofit organizations to provide support for more than 45 species across the globe-from protecting the critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Indonesia, to tracking northern jaguars in the foothills of Mexico, to studying the threats of the endangered green sea turtle.

Shark Reef Aquarium

Shark Reef AquariumShark Reef is dedicated to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of animal care, to providing its visitors with an entertaining and educational experience, and to the practice of meaningful research and conservation initiatives. Several initiatives are taken by Shark Reef to encourage the message of conservation and preservation. Recycling facility water and implementing imitation coral into exhibits to preserve natural resources are just two ways Shark Reef sets the example.

Disney's Animals, Science and Environment

Disney's Animals, Science and EnvironmentDisney's Animals, Science and Environment is committed to delivering uncompromising excellence in animal care. Our team participates in cooperative breeding programs with other zoological facilities, works directly in field conservation, provides animal experiences at our theme parks, and offers tours and education programs. Through these activities, we create magical memories for our guests, while also making a difference for conservation around the world. Every year Disney supports cast members in developing and participating in local, national and international field conservation programs to study and protect wildlife. One ongoing project takes place on our own Florida beaches, where Disney's Sea Turtle Conservation Program conducts daily sea turtle nest surveys and conservation research to ensure the long-time protection and survival of nesting sea turtles.

Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Disney's Vero Beach ResortIt’s not just a Disney Vacation, it’s a lifetime of vacation memories. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is one part of the Disney Vacation Club. The Resort offers an alluring beach vacation on the Atlantic treasure coast for the perfect family holiday. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort offers incredible Disney service: sing-along campfires, tennis courts, backboards, wine tasting, craft making, and even pin trading. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort guests can experience lessons in surfing, snorkeling, fishing, and jungle trial bike adventures. Your entire family will find something to get them into the spirit of the Sunshine State.

Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program

Cuba Marine Research and Conservation ProgramProTortugas Peninsula de GuanacabibesThe Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program's (CubaMar) mission is to: build sound scientific collaboration between Cuba, the United States and neighboring countries that share marine resources; establish locally-supported marine research and conservation programs; contribute to the scientific understanding of the region's natural resources; conserve Cuba's marine ecosystems; and empower the next generation of Cuban marine scientists. ProTortugas Peninsula de Guanacabibes is the group monitoring the beach at Guanacabibes National Park.

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille The Greene Turtle is more than a sports bar and grille. We believe in being a community hangout for all ages, that serves great food & drinks in a fun, casual atmosphere built on the excitement & unity of sports. The Greene Turtle has been a local hangout since 1976 when we opened our first location in Ocean City, Maryland. We've come a long way since then, spreading our love for food, sports & community across Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and now New Jersey, with plans to continue our growth throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird MonitoringFor 30 years Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline. In three decades, we monitored 7339 turtle activities, protected 4454 nests, 301,694 turtle eggs, and watched 271,680 hatchlings depart to become a future generation of loggerheads that will return to the region as they reach maturity - in about 30 years. The program includes staff, interns and volunteers who have documented the status of shoreline habitat and trends in sea turtle nesting. These data show that nesting by loggerhead turtles has declined, then rebounded in recent years. Nest destruction by both natural and non-indigenous predators has also increased during the same time period.

Bortell's Lounge

Bortell's LoungeBortell's Lounge is a great spot in the city of Anna Maria. Find friendly bar staff and patrons plus plenty of pool tables and a great juke box. There are a few televisions around the bar, but the conversation is even better. Talk with the island old timers and you'll learn a thing or two about island life.



Research Partners

University of Central Florida Sea Turtle Research Program

University of Central Florida Sea Turtle Research ProgramThe Marine Turtle Research Group is a group of UCF professional scientists and student volunteers dedicated to undertaking fundamental and applied research on marine turtles whilst supporting local capacity building and environmental awareness efforts necessary for successful conservation. Led by biology professor Llew Ehrhart, the group of UCF graduate and undergraduate students study sea turtles along the Atlantic shores as the females return to the beach to nest and juvenile green turtles gather in the nearby Indian River Lagoon.

Nevis Turtle Group

Nevis Turtle GroupThe Nevis Turtle Group (NTG) is dedicated to the development of a Sea Turtle Conservation Program for Nevis that involves local communities, and ensures that sea turtles will be there for the use of present and future generations. NTG was formed in 2003 by Lemuel Pemberton. Once formed, NTG gathered together a number of concerned volunteers to help monitoring the nesting beaches on Nevis. NTG volunteers work at night on beaches around Nevis to tag sea turtles and collect information about the nesting and movement of Nevis’ sea turtles. Additional information, such as levels of nest predation and poaching are collected during morning surveys. NTG also gives presentations about sea turtles at lcoal schools and works to involve children in sea turtle related activities.


Tour de Turtles program supported in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for Brevard and Rockwell Collins.