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The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization will provide, through appropriate management activities and education, a safe and protected environment for all sea turtles that frequent the island of Ocean Isle Beach.

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We will accomplish this by working with the Town of Ocean Isle Beach, its residents, businesses and visitors.

Email: oibcturtleorg@atmc.net

 

 

 

 

The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. Welcomes the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization

The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization became an independent division of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. on April 1, 2011. According to Dottie David-Wilson, the Executive Director of the Foundation, this new relationship is mutually beneficial for a number of reasons:

“For many years, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium have proudly hosted afternoon and evening programs about the sea turtle protection efforts of scores of volunteers on Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach. In 2011, under the coordination of Jim and Deb Boyce, the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization has become an independent division of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s visitors have long enjoyed its interactive sea turtle exhibit. Therefore, it is a natural fit to welcome Jim and Deb Boyce as they enhance the Museum’s exhibit with their professional presentations on the life cycle of sea turtles, state and local sea turtle activities, and the impact of the Deep Horizon oil spill on these magnificent animals as they face the possibility of extinction.”

The Mission Statement of the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization is as follows:

“The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization will provide, through appropriate management activities and education, a safe and protected environment for all sea turtles that frequent the island of Ocean Isle Beach.”

Jim and Deb Boyce, Island Coordinators who are licensed by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, Non-game and Endangered Species section, work with a team of approximately 50 trained volunteers in a year-round effort to protect sea turtles. Volunteers are especially active between May and late September, when female sea turtles dig their nests and lay their eggs. In addition to identifying and marking nests on Ocean Isle Beach, volunteers also protect hatchlings from predators, transport sick and injured sea turtles to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Topsail Island, and educate the public about these amazing creatures. For more information, visit www.oibseaturtles.org.

Jim and Deb present weekly Turtle Talks, during the summer months, every Monday night at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach. The Turtle Talks are free with regular admission to the Museum.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Spring hours are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior adults age 60 and over, $6 for students K-12 and college students with ID, and $3 for ages 3-5. Visit www.museumplanetarium.org or call 910.579.1016 for more information.

Ingram Planetarium is located just 4 miles away at 7625 High Market Street, Sunset Beach, NC. Spring hours are Friday and Saturday from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Regular admission to each of the Planetarium’s spectacular digital dome shows is $8 for adults, $6 for senior adults age 60 and over, $6 for students K-12 and college students with ID, and $3 for ages 3-5. Visit www.museumplanetarium.org or call 910.579.1016 for more information.

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  1. dboyce says:

    Thank you. OIBSTPO

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