2023 Tybee Turtle Trot

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16th Annual Tybee Turtle Trot 5K Beach Run Registration: $35/peron Location: North Beach by new Tybee Island Marine Science Center When: April 29th 8:00 AM Details: Your registration supports our Tybee Sea Turtle Project, and our resident sea turtles, Ike and Westie. The Tybee Sea Turtle Project locates and protects sea turtle nests on the island. Our resident sea turtles serve as Marine Debris Ambassadors during their three year stay. While growing strong and healthy, Ike and Westie educate visitors on the impacts affecting sea turtle populations and our conservation efforts to protect them. Deadline for a guaranteed runner shirt is April 19th. Become a sea turtle supporter and register for the Turtle Trot today! Registration includes runner shirt and fee admission on the day-of the Trot. Packet Pick Up: Friday, April 28 3:00 - 7:00 or Saturday, April 29 7:00 AM Location of Packet Pick Up: Black gate to [...]

2022 Sea Turtle Nesting Season Updates

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2022 Sea Turtle Nest Updates As nests are identified this season, we will provide updates from the Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project here. Follow along and check back often for the latest information and nest counts.   May 18, 2022 We have our first sea turtle nest on Tybee! Our amazing volunteers Doug and Ruth found the nest this morning. The nest was right next to the high tide line, so per DNR protocol, our permitted and trained volunteers carefully moved the nest to a safer location. Nesting season is officially on! May 21, 2022 Nest #2 is here! Thank you to volunteers Joy, Kim and Frank for their hard work in the early hours.   May 24, 2022 And we have nest #3, laid on World Turtle Day yesterday! Thank you to volunteers Jane and Allen for finding the nest. This mama laid the nest high up on the [...]

North Beach Bar & Grill Donates $10K in Sponsorship of Mindful Beach Combing Exhibit

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A HUGE THANK YOU to North Beach Bar & Grill (NBBG) for their generous donation of $10K in sponsorship of the Mindful Beach Combing exhibit! We are pleased to accept them as a sponsor of this highly informative exhibit already on display in our West Gallery. Visitors are already learning that empty shells are fine to collect and take home, while live sand dollars and sea stars and occupied shells, whether home to a snail or hermit crab, are not to be collected. Live animals are integral to the beach, dune and surf zone ecosystems and are critical to their health and viability. Besides, live animals are very difficult to keep alive and typically die within an hour or two due to lack of suitable oxygen and then that's when they really smell. Kathryn Williams, co-owner of NBG&B said, "My partner George Spriggs and I are very pleased to make [...]

2021 Sea Turtle Nesting Season Updates

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2021 Sea Turtle Nest Updates As nests are identified this season, we will provide updates from the Tybee Island Sea Turtle Project here. Follow along and check back often for the latest information and nest counts.   May 18, 2021 Tybee's first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the season has been identified! Spotted by volunteers Cathy, Gina and Brent. May 26, 2021 Nest #2 was found. The eggs were relocated away from the high tide line. Thanks to volunteers Anna, Susan and Brent for covering dawn patrol this morning. We were also able to watch the Marco Polo make it’s way up the river channel. May 30, 2021 Nest #3 was found on the morning of May 30th. June 1, 2021 Two more nests were located this morning. Both tracks were challenging to work, but we are happy to report that nests 4 and 5 are marked. If you are [...]

Open Positions

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We are hiring for the following positions: Head Cashier Job Description: Head Cashier Reports to: Program Director Class: Non-Exempt (hourly) Hours per week: 34 Overview:  Detailed descriptions of responsibilities are addressed in the Discovery Shop Policies & Procedures Handbook. Following is an overview of this position's responsibilities: Gift Shop Duties Operate sales through Vend POS, Square and Fare Harbor. Greet visitors per protocol in Cashiers’ Handbook. Answer visitor questions or direct them to the appropriate person/location. Accept drop-in reservations for Walks, Talks & Treks. Complete four Daily Reports in Vend, and one each in Square and Fare Harbor. Maintain the cleanliness and organization of the gift shop. Ensure the work station remains clean. Training Assist with the training of new personnel. Assist with updated training. Assist with training of new procedures. Shop Supplies Advise DSM of needed operational supplies. Replenish the brochures and rack cards. Restock the Membership Applications when needed. Merchandise Re-merchandise [...]

Sea Turtle Nesting Season is Here!

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  May marks the official start of sea turtle nesting season in Georgia. Did you know nesting sea turtles return to the beach where they hatched to lay their own eggs? How incredible! Nesting season lasts through October so beach goers, locals and visitors alike should be vigilant when frequenting our beaches over the next several months. Here are a few ways you can help support nesting sea turtles this season: 1.  Fill in any holes you dig during your day at the beach. Holes can trap nesting mothers and hatchlings. 2. Lights out for sea turtles! No lights on the beach at night! Lighting on or near the beach can cause sea turtles to become disoriented and wander away from the shoreline. If you must have lights, use a red filtered light, but no lights are best! 3. If you see a crawl or a mama turtle, stay away [...]

Tybee Island Marine Science Center is Now Open!

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We are pleased to announce the new Center is now open as of today, April 1, 2021! We invite you to come experience a unique “Behind the Scenes” self-guided tour of our new Center and observe staff as they work hard to complete our exhibits. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage our educators, ask all the questions, learn more about the interworking of the Center and meet a few of our animal ambassadors.   A few important things to know before you go: Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. Tickets can be purchased on site. Admission is $10 per person and children 4 and under are free. Masks required and we ask that you remain with your group and practice social distancing.   Our Center is constantly evolving with new things to see and new animal ambassadors to meet. We hope you will visit soon and often. We cannot wait [...]

Announcing the Three Phased Opening of the New Center

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Our long awaited opening is almost here! Read on to see the details of our three phased opening of the new center located at 37 Meddin Drive.   Starting Thursday, February 18, 2021 our Gift Shop will be open Thursday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. In addition to shopping our expanded gift shop, visitors can also enjoy the spectacular views from our Ship Watch Loft and Amphitheater. On Thursday, March 25th, the West Gallery will open for visitors to experience and on Saturday, May 1st, the East Gallery, Sea Turtle Workshop, Open Air Classroom and Gallery will open. Gallery hours will be Thursday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. Ticket prices will be announced closer to the opening of our galleries. Please note, we require face masks when entering our facility. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.  Hand sanitizer is available at strategic locations throughout the center for your convenience. [...]

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