Opening January 1, 2020
An endangered species, sea turtles are at risk from many factors, including habitat destruction, entanglement in fishing gear, hunting and egg collection, climate change, pollution and misorientation due to artificial lights. You can help us save sea turtles by sponsoring a nest on OIB.
Cost is $125 per nest that includes a sign placed at the nest you sponsor. Your sign will proudly display a name in honor, memory, celebration of or in a business name. You will receive a certificate of a sponsorship when your donation arrives and letter of confirming your tax deductible donation.
Lights Out Nest Sponsorships
Opening October 19, 2019
Coastal lights discourage female turtles from coming ashore to nest. These lights also misorient hatchlings, causing them to crawl inland, away from the ocean. Misoriented hatchlings often die from dehydration, exhaustion, are taken by predators and even run over by passing cars. If they make it to the ocean, they have a lower chance of survival due to energy loss, making it harder to reach important off-shore habitats. Each year, Ocean Isle loses baby sea turtles due to bright lights on homes and businesses that can be seen from the beach. If you can see the lights, so can sea turtles.
Cost is $100 per nest that includes a sign placed at the nest you sponsor. All proceeds will be used to purchase “Lights Out” educational material, sea turtle safe light fixtures and bulbs. Your sponsorship sign will proudly display a name in honor, memory, celebration of or in a business name. You will receive a certificate of a sponsorship when your donation arrives and letter of confirming your tax deductible donation. LIGHTS OUT SPONSORSHIP’S ARE NON REFUNDABLE
We will accept sponsorships for the first 25 nests. If we are lucky enough to have more than 25 nests, we will reopen sponsorships as nests are verified.
If you would like sponsor a nest or Lights Out nest please mail a check to
OIBSTPO P.O. Box 6524 Ocean Ilse Beach, NC 28469
During our busiest times, we ask for patience. Our focus will be on protecting sea turtles on OIB. We will update this web page as soon as we are able. Just as expectant mothers, hatchlings emergence date is an estimate. We never know an exact time that hatchlings will emerge. Sometimes, the hatchlings emerge and race to the water in minutes. Other times, it takes hours or days to emerge.
Verified– Our verification team has confirmed the nest.
Watching– Nest is near emergence stage.
Emerged– Hatchlings have begun to emerge from the nest. (not in real time)
Closed– Nest contents have been counted and the nest is closed.