Summary: California and Texas boast two locations of the Turtle Island Restoration Project that handles volunteers to help their efforts in protecting the local sea turtle and salmon populations.
Turtle Island Restoration Project aims to protect more than just turtles and you can be a part of it. They help spearhead initiatives to protect salmon, sharks, and other aquatic life from their California and Texas locations. Their mission is to “take swift and decisive action to protect and restore marine species and their habitats and to inspire people in communities all over the world to join us as active and vocal marine species advocates.”
The organization was founded in 1989 and has grown to become the oldest and largest project that works to protect and restore endangered sea turtle populations worldwide through local communities using grassroots actions, hands-on conservation, litigation, environmental education, and multimedia campaigns.
The California location focuses on growing native plants to help restore salmon habitats. Then help restore the endangered salmon habitat in the Lagunitas Watershed. They work closely with the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) to protect salmon.
Texas needs volunteers to patrol turtle nesting grounds as well as work at the Turtle Action Center. They protect sea turtles in ways that make sense in the economic and cultural aspects of the community. The project believes the root causes of killing of sea turtles must be addressed that the policy and local level through citizen participation and support.
As a volunteer at either location, you must provide your own accommodations.
Photo: seaturtles.orgVolunteer to Help the Sea Turtles and Salmon by Amanda Griffin