Turtles of Change is an award program recognizing carefully selected organizations and individuals that have accomplished something significant for the community or planet that will educate and serve as a model for others around the world. The primary goal is to promote the individual or group that is receiving the award. The award is an actual small handmade bronze statue of a turtle, created by internationally known artist Nikola Kosic from Montenegro.

The awardee initiates turtle’s amazing and unpredictable journey by handing it over to someone they have chosen to be the first participant, who is also going to pass it on to the next participant of their choosing. Each participant receiving the turtle has to do something for the planet, within 7 days from accepting it, and write about it on the turtle’s blog, before handing it over to the next participant. Turtle actions will be tracked via its own blog, and thanks to the geo tagging feature on our blogs BlueTurtle members and visitors can easily follow the progress of each turtle where ever she might be in the world.
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Salty Blue Guitarfish Hootenanny Tonight
Guitarfish Adventures in Guitarfish Graham December 8, 2013

I'm looking forward to performing Guitarfish Adventures, passing on Turtle of Change "Guitarfish Graham" to June Barnard, and participating in the open hoot jam tonight in Sausalito at 5:30 pm. Come join the blue grooves if you're in the Bay Area! https:/...

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Turtle of Change "Guitarfish Graham" in hands with Guitarfish Adventures
Guitarfish Adventures in Guitarfish Graham November 26, 2013

I’m a music man, writer, and marine lover. I’ve been writing for Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines for 10 years, and also coordinate Presents events for them. One day out of the blue, I wrote the eco musical children’s epic called Guitarfish Adventu...

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Turtle of Change "Guitarfish Graham" in hands with Deleted Member
Deleted Member in Guitarfish Graham November 26, 2013

I'm a music man, a writer, and a marine lover. I sing and play guitar, and I've been writing for Guitar Player and Bass Player magazines for 10 years, also co-ordinating Presents events for them. I wrote the musical kids epic Guitarfish Adventures, Blue i...

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New Turtle of Change award goes to Mr. Jimmy Leslie / Cap'n Less
BlueTurtle in Guitarfish Graham July 28, 2013

Today we had an honor to award one of our Turtles of Change to Mr. Jimmy Leslie, also known as Cap'n Less, for creating an amazing educational story book called Guitarfish Adventures.   This exciting fish tale is a musical marine epic about a guita...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Nina Bachvarova
Nina Bachvarova in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero July 15, 2013

It's an honor to receive the award Turtles of Change!

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Turtle of Change "Black Mountain" in hands with STEPHANIE CLARK
STEPHANIE CLARK in Turtle Black Mountain May 21, 2013

The Turtle has been busy accompanying me to all that I do including going to our training day for Friends of The Tasmanian Devil project where we go into schools to raise awareness and teach children about our precious and unique Tassie Devils. The child...

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Environment cleanup day two
Dianna Bisset in Turtle Black Mountain April 25, 2013

A lovely sunny day to complete our cleanup. The 'small' amount we thought left of wire again filled a trailer, it's been there so long the fallen leaves had turned to compost and took hours to unearth.  Up the road the bottle pit ended up not so deep...

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Cold wet and dirty clean up part one 20th April 2013
Dianna Bisset in Turtle Black Mountain April 20, 2013

At only 7 degrees C with the rain bucketing down, the wind throwing the rain in all directions we hitched on the trailer to the 4WD to grab a bit of old fencing we knew was up one of our tracks. It turned out to be half a trailer load buried under dirt an...

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Turtle of Change "Black Mountain" in hands with Dianan Bisset
Dianna Bisset in Turtle Black Mountain April 18, 2013

The Turtles of Change project for me is a really interesting eye opener about what everyone is doing around the world for our planet. Lots of great ideas and enthusiasm to share. I hope my involvement might give others a few ideas on how they can work in ...

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Turtle of Change "Black Mountain" in hands with Echidna Care Inc
Echidna Care Inc in Turtle Black Mountain March 21, 2013

The Turtle of Change is a great opportunity for groups and people who are out there helping the planet in many ways to be recognised. Dr. Peggy Rismiller receives the Turtle of Change for the volunteer group Echidna Care Inc. whose base in on Kangaroo Isl...

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Turtle of Change "Ocean Futures Society" in hands with Trevor Keightley
Trevor Keightley in Turtle of Change - Ocean Futures Society March 12, 2013

Turtle of Change "Ocean Futures Society" in hands with Trevor Keightley

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Green Wave
Rahmani-Meraits Lyes in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels March 12, 2013

                     Environmental Event   Cleaning Fragile Coastline By   Mr  Rahmani-Meraits Lyes Coastal appointment Engineer (Oceanographer)   &nb...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Angels" in hands with Rahmani-Meraits Lyes
Rahmani-Meraits Lyes in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels March 12, 2013

hi everybody, I am very happy to win ..; ..... the , And be among the pioneer of this initiative extremely interesting, my friend Maria introduced me to this initiative, and I come to share an international project that I created, called green wave (clean...

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Turtle of Change "Haaga Helia" in hands with Anton&Anton Oy
Anton&Anton Oy in Turtle Haaga Helia February 27, 2013

Blue Turtle in Anton&Anton! We received the beautiful turtle last December from Haaga-Helia students, and since she seemed to enjoy herself so much, we decided to keep her for a little longer than usual. The turtle has been entertaining our young cust...

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Idle No More Recycled Art Turtle
Kawartha World Issues Centre in Turtle of Change - Fun Society February 15, 2013

The Canada World Youth volunteers at the Kawartha World Issues Centre have spent the past week scouring recycling bins and testing their innovation skills in creating a metaphoric art project to coincide with the Idle No More movement and the Blue Turtle ...

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Turtle of Change "Black Mountain" in hands with howard ralph
howard ralph in Turtle Black Mountain February 15, 2013

It seemed that there should be unlimited attention to a process of positive change such that all species are included. Specism can be a very negative state even though it has been with us for a very long time. No doubt there are evolutionary attachments t...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Angels" in hands with BAS-IS
BAS-IS in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels February 8, 2013

I'm really glad to receive the Turtle of Change from Peter Smith! I'm an artist, I make community art with a lot of people, and a lot of collected trash, big sculptures. Like a big floating swan for instance, made of 15.000 discarded bottles. Or a big chr...

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Turtle of Change "Fun Society" in hands with Kawartha World Issues Centre
Kawartha World Issues Centre in Turtle of Change - Fun Society February 7, 2013

As volunteers from the Kawartha World Issues Centre, we were inspired by the Blue Turtle project and what it stands for. Raising awareness on environmental issues is one of the primordial goals of this project, which is why we decided to paint, cut and ar...

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Turtle of Change "Two Hands Project" in hands with Sea Urchins magazine
Sea Urchins magazine in Turtle Two Hands Project February 6, 2013

I am delighted to receive the Turtle of Change. Sea Urchins is about inspiring the next generation about the ocean and all things related! The children are the future for the planet, lets get them excited about our wonderful natural world and encourage th...

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Turtle of Change "Fun Society" in hands with TRACKS Youth Program
TRACKS Youth Program in Turtle of Change - Fun Society January 29, 2013

TRACKS is a Youth Program operating in Peterborough Ontario. The TRACKS philosophy and curriculum evolved from Indigenous ways of knowing, and incorporates fundamental concepts that are linked to scientific inquiry and technological problem solving. Idea...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Angels" in hands with Peter Smith and Klean Foundation
Klean Foundation in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels January 11, 2013

I'm honored and grateful by receiving this award, the Turtle of Change, a-specially by receiving it from Eef Flo. In the summer of 2010 I had a revelation. I experienced firsthand that complaining doesn’t solve anything. But doing something, no matt...

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Turtle of Change travels from Belgium to Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Eef Floin in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels January 11, 2013

I handed over the Turtle of Change to Peter Smith of the organisation Klean in the Netherlands. I travelled to Amsterdam. It was great to see Peter again - the man who inspired me to start picking litter.   We did a clean up together with a couple ...

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Turtle of Change travelling through Europe
Eef Floin in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels January 11, 2013

I was blessed and honored to receive the Turtle of Change award by the international organization Blue Turtle (http://blueturtle.com) for the work we do with our movement Peaceful Protest against Litter. Turtles of Change is an award program recognizing ...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Angels" in hands with Eef Floin and Peaceful Protest Against Litter
Eef Floin in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels January 3, 2013

My name is Eef. I live in Belgium, in the heart of Europe. English is not my mother tongue so I apologize for any grammar or vocabulary faults... I started picking litter in September 2011. I started looking up information on waste and plastic soup. I rem...

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Turtle Grupo Tortuguero visits illustrator
Anne Runyon in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero December 20, 2012

I received the Turtle from Jeff Beane at the Herpetology Lab at NC State Museum of Natural Sciences. Turtle has watched as I worked on a paper sculpture design for the next issue of Wildlife in North Carolina's WILD Notebook section. I am making a fox sq...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Turtle Restoration Project" in hands with Kevin Brown of Colorado
kevin Brown in Sea Turtle Restoration Project December 17, 2012

We were lucky to meet Ivan Martinetti in San Diego as he was about to finish his 850 mile environmental walk from San Francisco. He told us about his journey and his experiences as well as about his project called Turtles of Change after which he asked us...

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Turtle "Sea Angels" making waves across the ocean to Belgium
Sea Angels in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels December 11, 2012

The awesome turtle from Blue Turtle and their "Turtles of Change" program is moving on. We had to choose someone who we felt is making a difference in their part of the world to pass it along too. There are so many people we feel do such selfless and awes...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" visits the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero December 4, 2012

I am Jeff Beane with the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences. I received the award from my friend Kim Burge at the annual Fall Meeting of the North Carolina Herpetological Society in Raleigh, NC. I received the award for my various ongoing con...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Angels" in Florida
Sea Angels in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels December 4, 2012

Turtle on the beach in Manalapan, FL.  Behind it is two Ruddy Turnstones just looking for food and luckily the beach was clean for them because I had just cleaned it.   About Us     The Sea Angels are leaders in green cleanup...

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Turtle of Change "Eco Rambo" in hands with Claude Bitte
Claude Bitte in Turtle Eco Rambo December 3, 2012

Turtle of Change was passed on to me by our friend Prince Nicolas Petrovitch Njegosh due to my involvement with the project Domo Futura. Domofutura, the "House of Tomorrow’s Energies " Domofutura, the « House of Tomorrow’s Energies &...

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Lovely Blue Turtle Headed for Australia!
Be Straw Free in Turtle of Change - Ocean Futures Society November 30, 2012

It was an honor to receive this Blue Turtle award from the hands of Jean-Michel Cousteau and an honor to pass it along to Trevor Keightley, award-winning film producer and all-around terrific guy, for his wonderful work for the environment.   Safe ...

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One Small Step for Each Restaurant, One Giant Leap for the Planet!
Be Straw Free in Turtle of Change - Ocean Futures Society November 30, 2012

The People, Profis, Planet - Best Practices Conference in Dallas TX on Nov 7th, 2012, was a fantastic expreience! (photos courtesy of PRBBI)   I was invited to speak at the annual conference attended by the leaders of the largest restaurant chains...

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Environmental Week
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Turtle Haaga Helia November 28, 2012

At Haaga-Helia Week 47 was Environmental Week. It all started with a seminar devoted to the 40th anniversary of World Heritage and a presentation about  Blue Turtle which took place in Haaga campus on Monday, November 12.   Throughout the week...

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Ecoteam and Ecoidols in Haaga
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Turtle Haaga Helia November 28, 2012

Haaga Ecoteam was founded in the year 2000 to support educational aims and to promote sustainable development at HAAGA-HELIA’s Haaga campus and throughout the Haaga Group. The Haaga Ecoteam currently consists of 16 members: 5 students, one professor...

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"Green" Haaga
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Turtle Haaga Helia November 28, 2012

As mentioned in the previous post, HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences is a part of the WWF Finland’s Green Office Program. HAAGA-HELIA UAS is the first educational establishment, which has contracted to progressively take into use the G...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Turtle Restoration Project" in hands with Ivan Martinetti
Ivan Martinetti in Sea Turtle Restoration Project November 27, 2012

I have received Turtle of Change "STRP" from Claudio during my 850 miles long environmental walk from San Francisco to San Diego and I have carried it with me all the way to San Diego where it was passed on to a very interesting couple from Colorado I hav...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Turtle Restoration Project" in hands with Claudio Garzon
Claudio Garzon in Sea Turtle Restoration Project November 27, 2012

I am Save Oceans and Seas (SOS) Artist and I am taking inner city LA youth, exposing them to the ocean for the first time and making art inspired by marine life from sea turtles to sharks.

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EcoTales Art Festival
EcoTales in Turtle Two Hands Project November 26, 2012

Our festival theme next year will be Plastic Pollution, based on the film 'Gloop'. Together with schools from the Richmond Upon Thames borough we will create a magical sound and sculpture trail for the festival. We have also produced a serise of les...

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School Visit
EcoTales in Turtle Two Hands Project November 26, 2012

EcoTales took the Turtle of Change to Stanley Infant School in Teddington, to talk to the pupils of Apple Class. Stanley will play a big part in our festival sound and sculpture trail! The EcoTales team met with Hilary Bower head of Stanley infa...

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EcoTales receive the turtle
EcoTales in Turtle Two Hands Project November 26, 2012

We have been awarded the Turtle of Change for our work raising awareness of plastic pollution. We were passed the award by Mandy Barker, an inspiring photographer whose work includes captivating images of plastic debris she retrieved from the North P...

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BLUE TURTLE ENTERS HAAGA-HELIA PREMISES TO DISCOVER GREEN OFFICE!
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Turtle Haaga Helia November 20, 2012

We are the new turtle keepes: First year students of Experience and Wellness Management, HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences, Haaga Campus, Helsinki, FINLAND. We received the Blue Turtle in HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences, Haaga Campus ...

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Turtle of Change "Haaga Helia" in hands with Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Turtle Haaga Helia November 20, 2012

HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences is committed to the WWF Green Office environmental management programme. We wanted to share the actions we take in our school in order for the world to become a better place for all living creatures.

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Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences received Turtle of Change award today
Violeta Salonen in Turtle Haaga Helia November 12, 2012

As a Haaga-Helia student and BlueTurtle ambassador I was honored today to give turtle to this amazing organization! Haaga-Helia is the first educational establishment which has contracted to progressively take into use the Green Office Environmental Mana...

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Turtle of Change "Haaga Helia" in hands with Violeta Salonen
Violeta Salonen in Turtle Haaga Helia November 11, 2012

I am a BlueTurtle Ambassadort in Finland and I will handing over the Turtles of Change award to Haaga Helia University.

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Turtle of Change "Ocean Futures Society" in hands with Be Straw Free
Be Straw Free in Turtle of Change - Ocean Futures Society November 10, 2012

Here is a photo of the Turtle of Change on top of a Colorado mountain peak. Why was the Making WAVES Ocean Symposium held in Colorado – thousands of miles from any ocean? Why was Jean-Michel Cousteau, the world famous ocean ecologist (son of Jacqu...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Angels" in hands with Sea Angels
Sea Angels in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels November 7, 2012

Our mission is to cleanup our beaches and parks in a greener way. We strive to make sure all of our efforts are in the best interest of the environment. We are the leaders in doing green cleanups by recycling, upcycling, providing education, implementin...

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Final turtle track of the year
Kimberly Burge in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero November 5, 2012

Exploris middle school 6th graders went out with us to find some box turtles in our woods before that last of the warm weather disappears.  With the help of telemetry equipment we found a few and snapped shot of the Blue Turtle award by one of them.

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Kimberly Burge
Kimberly Burge in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero November 5, 2012

Mike Vaughan graciously gave me this turtle in October. I guess you'd have to ask him exactly why he thought I should be honored with this turtle! I have been working hard to save an island population of box turtles in the last undesturbed forest remain...

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Turtle of Change "Two Hands Project" in hands with EcoTales
EcoTales in Turtle Two Hands Project October 31, 2012

Thank you to Mandy Barker for introducing us to this fantastic project. We set up EcoTales to raise awareness about plastic pollution using film, art and story telling. We want to provide people with practical ideas on how to reduce their use of plastic....

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Turtle of Change visit's Asheville, NC street buskers and Xavier Rudd in concert!
Earthshine Nature Programs in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero October 25, 2012

On October 20th the Blue Turtle award known as Turtle Grupo Tortuguero made a special trip to Asheville, North Carolina.  While there it witnessed some street buskers playing their didgeridoo (yidaki) for good and positive change.  The turtle th...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Mike Vaughan
Mike Vaughan in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero October 22, 2012

Turtle Grupo Tortuguero was passed on to me by Ann Somers and I will pass it on to Kimberly Burge.

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Turtle of Change "Ocean Futures Society" in hands with Ocean Futures Society
Ocean Futures Society in Turtle of Change - Ocean Futures Society October 18, 2012

Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization based in Santa Barbara, CA with offices and educational programs in many locations around the world. Our mission is to explore our global ocean, inspiring and ed...

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Mike Vaughan celebrates with a turtle watermelon
ann somers in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero October 18, 2012

Mike entertains Blue Turtle guests with a Green Turtle Watermelon!

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Mike Vaughan receives award from Ann Somers
ann somers in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero October 16, 2012

Mike Vaughan accepts Turtle of Change award from Ann Somers witnessed by a group of 7 friends.  This day we toured Mike's property where he is undertaking a prairie restoration on about 15 acres, a most magnificent undertaking.  Mike’s res...

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Turtle of Change "Black Mountain" handover
Possumwood Wildlife Recovery & Research in Turtle Black Mountain October 8, 2012

On Monday night we handed the Turtle over to the next recipient. Dr Howard Ralph and his wife Glenda run a specialist veterinary service for injured wildlife as a charity. They carry out countless procedures on a wide variety of wild animals.   The...

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Busy week at Possumwood with the Blue Turtle
Possumwood Wildlife Recovery & Research in Turtle Black Mountain October 1, 2012

Our last day with the Turtle brings to an end another hectic week at Possumwood. We have had 12 rescues and animals come in for treatment in September and in the last week alone we have had six rescues and animals come in for treatment. Not much time for...

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Turtle of Change "Black Mountain" in hands with Possumwood Wildlife Recovery & Research
Possumwood Wildlife Recovery & Research in Turtle Black Mountain September 23, 2012

The Turtle has just now arrived in the mail from Leisa. Well done Leisa. We were recommended by Leisa to give the Turtle a brief stopover on its long journey around the globe because of the work my wife Rosemary and I do in rescuing and rehabilitating ...

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Passion Projects for Protecting Sea Turtles
Friends Uniting for Nature Society in Turtle of Change - Fun Society September 18, 2012

Are camp we educate youth on how to reduce their eco-footprint.  We also inspire them to become posive agence of change in their own communities.   During water week we had a presenter talk about sea turtles and their habitat.  Inspired b...

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Transfer of Turtle to Ann Berry Somers
John Rucker in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero September 16, 2012

The turtle of change is now in the hands of Ann Berry Somers!    Ann is an amazing person and educator who works to conserve and protect reptiles and amphibians--especially turtles!  Ann's projects are:     The Herp Project&n...

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Search for the Turtle Sea Angels is ON :)
Ivan Martinetti in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels September 14, 2012

My friend Frank Chase thought of posting the information about the lost turtle in the Craigslist’s lost and found section and very next day we had Scott Foss who lives close by the area where I think I lost the turtle offered to search for it with h...

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TURTLE SEA ANGELS IS MISSING!!!
Ivan Martinetti in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels September 10, 2012

Unfortunately somehow I lost the bronze statute of Turtle of Change Sea Angels :( … I pretty bummed out about that but I hope that whoever finds it will return it to us. In fact I feel really positive about it and I believe that she will eventually...

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Turtle of Change "Black Mountain" in hands with Leisa Moore
Leisa Moore in Turtle Black Mountain September 7, 2012

I was asked to become a participant and decided it may be of interest to others what my life involves on a daily basis. My life as a Wildlife rescuer of Native animals of Australia, primarily Kangaroos and Joeys.

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Me and Turtle Sea Angels Slowly Making The Difference with EVERY STEP COUNTS project
Ivan Martinetti in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels September 6, 2012

Our walk has turned into a crusade to eliminate plastic coffee lids. I think we have seen 100,000 lids so far on the side of the road! So our campaigns has an official name, which is "NO LID PLEASE!". Me and Turtle Sea Angels will be conducting surveys...

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Continued Travels with a Naturalist
Earthshine Nature Programs in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero September 4, 2012

These are the continued travels of Turtle Grupo Tortuguero as it followed me in my travels around Brevard and Asheville, NC. NOTE: Photos are not in order.  The first stop was a visit to the great folks at WILDSOUTH. These guys are working to prot...

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Receiving the Turtle!
John Rucker in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero September 2, 2012

Yesterday my Turtledogs and I were participating in the Wild South Wild Weekend in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, USA.  My friend Steve O'Neil, Naturalist from Earthshine Nature Programs,  presented me with Turtle Grupo Tortugero in front o...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with John Rucker
John Rucker in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero September 2, 2012

My friend Steve O'Neil presented me with the turtle of change because he felt that my work with turtle conservation was a great cause. I agree. I believe that we should all do our part to help protect and conserve our native wildlife and wild places and...

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Turtle of Change "Sea Angels" in hands with Ivan Martinetti
Ivan Martinetti in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels September 1, 2012

Turtle of Change Sea Angels is going to join me as I walk from San Francisco to San Diego raising awareness about plastic pollution. Along the way we are going to do beach cleanups, talk to people and inform them what they can do to make a difference, do ...

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Turtles of Change award goes to Robyn Behrent Halasz and Sea Angels
BlueTurtle in Turtle of Change - Sea Angels August 31, 2012

19th Aug 2012   Turtles of Change Award Robyn Halasz and SEA ANGELS Ocean Ridge, Florida, USA   We are proud to announce that Robyn Halasz and her Sea Angels organization have been selected to be the next recipient of the Turtles of Change...

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Turtle of Change "Two Hands Project" in hands with MANDY BARKER
MANDY BARKER in Turtle Two Hands Project August 29, 2012

The handover took place on board the yacht, ‘Seadragon’ in the Kewalo Basin Harbour, Honolulu, Hawaii. Having just sailed from Japan across the Pacific to Hawaii, as part of a month long Plastics Research Expedition organized by 5 Gyres and Al...

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Travels with a Naturalist
Earthshine Nature Programs in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 28, 2012

After receiving Turtle Grupo Tortugero (TSN004) first I took it to meet the education and turtles at Earthshine Mountain Lodge and Nature Center (see last photo). I found four of the turtles who were interested in meeting the turtle--the other seven did n...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Earthshine Nature Programs
Earthshine Nature Programs in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 28, 2012

I believe that nature and wildlife conservation is largely left out of today's public education systems. It is our job as stewards of the Earth to fill that gap and 1: LEARN all that we can about our blue planet and all of the life and systems it contains...

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Turtle Grupo Tortugero Handoff
Alan Cameron in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 21, 2012

Turtle Grupo Tortugero has been handed off to Steve O'Neil.  Steve is an all-around animal lover but specializes in reptiles.  Steve does a lot of work publicizing reptile education at schools, fairs, seminars, YouTube and even on television.&nb...

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Alien vs. Predator, Part II - The Next Generation
Alan Cameron in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 16, 2012

In this outing turtle Grupo Tortugero encounters several hatchling Timber Rattlesnakes which are about 10 days old.  Mortality among baby snakes is very high and most of these will never reach adulthood.  Also, it can take 7-10 years before the ...

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Alien vs. Predator
Alan Cameron in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 14, 2012

Here turtle Grupo Tortugero meets two Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) in a western North Carolina state park.  Snakes are probably the most mis-understood, maligned and falsely persecuted animals on this planet.  Though most people ...

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Green Salamander
Alan Cameron in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 13, 2012

North Carolina has 66 species of salamander, more than any other place on earth.  Of these 66 species only one is listed by the state as rare and endangered, and that is the Green Salamander (Aneides aeneus).    I have been working on thi...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Alan Cameron
Alan Cameron in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 10, 2012

After retiring 10 years ago I looked for something worthwhile to do which would be good for the myself and nature, and I found that in volunteer work with my state's wildlife resources authority. I hope that what I write here can motivate others to get i...

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Turtle Grupo Tortuguero: Next Recipient
Lori Williams in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 10, 2012

It's the end of the week, and the Turtle, my field crew, and I had a couple of successful days in our western NC rivers, searching for Hellbenders.  Today, I handed the Turtle off to a very well-deserving recipient, someone from whom I draw...

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My letter against a coal-fired power plant in Croatia
Sime Validzic in Turtle Black Mountain August 7, 2012

Since the turtle will spend about 7 days on its way to Australia, which means that neither I nor the next recipient has it, I decided to make another post.   This text is a slightly modified English-language translation of a letter-to-the-editor th...

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Turtle Grupo Tortuguero on Hellbender Monitoring Project
Lori Williams in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 7, 2012

Dodging thunderstorms and dealing with high water and silty conditions, the Turtle and I, along with our survey team, snorkeled a river in western NC today in search of the rare Hellbender.  Hellbenders are a Special Concern species in NC, and are th...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Lori Williams
Lori Williams in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 6, 2012

I am a Wildlife Diversity Biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. I work in our mountain region to conserve rare, threatened, and endangered species. I spend most of my time conducting and coordinating our state's mountain amphi...

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The next recpient of the Turtle
Dottie Brown in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 1, 2012

The turtle is about to make a change in scenery and jion a well deserving recipient. 

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White Nose bat surveys
Dottie Brown in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 1, 2012

I spent four nights last week helping with bat surveys in NC.  Certain sites are netted for bats each year as part of a base line survey for White Nose Syndrome (WNS).  WNS (Geomyces destructants) is a fungus that is killing millions of cave-dwe...

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Ocean Isle beach
Dottie Brown in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero August 1, 2012

Visited the beach this week end.  It is a beach on the North Carolina coast and is where loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs.  I was out walking on the beach to find some turtle nest and noticed all the trash on the beach.  I was appalled...

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On to Turkey
Maia Green in Turtle of Change - Fun Society July 31, 2012

Nearing the end of our journey before returning back to the beautiful West Coast of Canada where Turtle started this journey!  We had two more weeks left and we spent it in Europe.  A few days in London on either side, but mostly we spent the ti...

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Nairobi for a day
Maia Green in Turtle of Change - Fun Society July 31, 2012

After leaving the magic of the Serengeti we headed to Nairobi for a day.  Although it was only a day it was a noteworthy one. Not only did we visit all of my old friends from when I was there in 2006, but we also visited the school in the slum of Kib...

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To reduce my impact on indigenous people, animals, plants and the environment
Sime Validzic in Turtle Black Mountain July 25, 2012

  Instead of organizing a specific action, I am just writing about my lifestyle and activism in general.   To prevent this post from being too long, I did not include a Croatian language translation.      I was born in Croat...

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TWO PETITIONS TO STOP THE KILLING OF KANGAROOS
Sime Validzic in Turtle Black Mountain July 25, 2012

Please consider signing 2 online petitions to stop the killing of kangaroos. It is the largest massacre of native wild land animals in the world. About 4 million kangaroos are shot at night in the Australian outback. The baby joeys are brutally beaten to ...

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Turtle of Change "Black Mountain" in hands with Sime Validzic
Sime Validzic in Turtle Black Mountain July 25, 2012

The Blue World Institute selected me to be the next Turtles of Change participant. I have been a member of their organization since 1997. I sponsor ("adopt") 4 dolphins.

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Turtle Grupo Tortuguero (TGT)helps with research
Dottie Brown in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero July 20, 2012

    Today at work I collected water samples in the Asheville, NC area.  We are collecting water samples to test for environmental DNA of hellbenders and mudpuppies.  The hellbender is a large (12-29 inches) salamander that lives in...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Dottie Brown
Dottie Brown in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero July 20, 2012

I am passionate about nature and wildlife. I changed my career later in life to follow my passions. I work and volunteer in any wildlife research all over the world, so I can make a difference. I felt this was a way to connect with others and to educat...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with John Groves
John Groves in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero July 15, 2012

I was asked becaue of my hellbender work in North Carolina.

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Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation
Blue World in Turtle Black Mountain July 9, 2012

The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation through its three programmes - scientific, education and conservation - carries out several projects aimed at recording data about the life of endangered marine organisms. The aim of The Adriati...

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Heading North
Maia Green in Turtle of Change - Fun Society July 8, 2012

We took our dear turtle from Pondoland, up to the South Coast of SA, and then through Durban on our way to Tanzania!!  We then spent a week in the middle of the Serengeti, relaxing and viewing the most incredible wildlife!  It was a very special...

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Youth empowerment program in rural South Africa
Maia Green in Turtle of Change - Fun Society July 8, 2012

Turtle met up with me at Mtentu River Lodge, on the Wild Coast of South Africa.  She then came with me to Baleni Senior Secondary School and met the kids who I was doing environmental education and youth leadership programs with.   Here is a lin...

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Final Day of Hellbender Surveys
Craig Pelke in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 28, 2012

Finished up our last day of field surveys for hellbenders in western North Carolina with a flurry.  Found 4 more hellbenders, including a hat trick by me before lunch.  Hoping to make it back in August.  Total for the week was 7 hellbenders...

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hellbender Survey...Day 1
Craig Pelke in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 26, 2012

Our first day of hellbender surveys went well.  We found 3 male hellbenders and were able to get some nice data on them and the portion of the river they were found in.  An added bonus for me was to see my first ever queen snakes (we found 2 juv...

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Arrival in Hellbender Country
Craig Pelke in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 25, 2012

Arrived this evening in western North Carolina to assist with an ongoing eastern hellbender research project.  Besides population surveys, we collect data on morphometrics, habitat location specifics, and swabs for nasties like Bd (the dreaded chytri...

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Plant a Tree (or two or Three!)
Craig Pelke in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 24, 2012

My family bought me a 12"+ river birch to plant in the back yard for Father's Day, and here it is!  Since moving to my Virginia Beach home, I have planted 14 trees on my 1/4 acre lot.  Trees are great multipurpose conservation "tools."  Bes...

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Zoo Education
Craig Pelke in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 23, 2012

Zoos are great places to educate people of all ages.  It can be done in a relaxing and entertaining way which allows for better success and knowledge retainment.  At the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk, VA, we educate visitors not only about...

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Endangered Bog Turtles
Craig Pelke in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 23, 2012

I paid a visit to my group of endangered bog turtles at the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk, VA to see if there was any nesting activity.  We have 2 pairs of these turtles at the Virginia Zoological Park and we been successful in producing numero...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Craig Pelke
Craig Pelke in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 23, 2012

My name is Craig Pelke and I am the Curator of Birds & Ectotherms at the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk, VA. I was motivated to get involved with the Turtles of Change Project to help show the different ways one can get involved to promote conse...

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Lending a helping hand
Diane Tulipani in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 21, 2012

Continued collection of diamondback terrapins for my tracking study today. "Goldy" decided to lend a helping hand to a couple cousins ...

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Tracking diamondback terrapins
Diane Tulipani in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 7, 2012

Yesterday, we were out downloading tracking data of 8 diamondback terrapins in my study at the Goodwin Islands located at the mouth of the York River.  I am using ultrasonic telemetry to follow the movements of both male and female terrapins between ...

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Diane Tulipani
Diane Tulipani in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 7, 2012

Hi everyone! I'm a Ph.D. candidate currently conducting research on diamondback terrapins along the York River in Virginia. The York River is a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay located on the southwestern shore of the Bay. Even in this small portion of the...

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Marine Debris Action Team founders find remote paradise - with trash!
Sea Turtle Restoration Project in Sea Turtle Restoration Project June 5, 2012

During one of the lowest tides of the year, my sweetie Angie Rodoni and I (Chris Pincetich) hiked south from McClures beach long the coast, around dangerous rocks, through a secret cave and out to the beach inshore of Elephant Rock on Point Reyes. Amazi...

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Turtle of Change in hands with Sea Turtle Restoration Project again :)
Sea Turtle Restoration Project in Sea Turtle Restoration Project June 5, 2012

I love the ocean and sea turtles and want to keep working to clean up the plastic pollution problem and prevent more waste spoiling the seas.

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Blue Turtle to VIMS
Randy Chambers in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 5, 2012

Tortuguero headed to Virginia Institute of Marine Science...

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Onward!!
Randy Chambers in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero June 5, 2012

After much hanging around Williamsburg both with me and prior handler, our brass turtle has moved on to Gloucestor Point and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, where graduate student Diane Tulipani will oversee the next adventures!

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Tsunami Research Expedition
Two Hands Project in Turtle Two Hands Project June 5, 2012

Two Hands Project was invited by Algalita Marine Research to join them and partners 5 Gyres Institute on the first scientific expedition to the Tsunami Debris field. Incredible opportunity to study a large amount of plastic that entered ocean at a known&...

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Making the Blue Crab Fishery safe for Terrapins
Randy Chambers in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero May 30, 2012

My students and I are testing the efficacy of turtle excluder devices for commercial crab traps.  These orange plastic inserts are attached to the funnels of crab traps and reduce the height of the opening, thereby excluding by-catch (diamondback ter...

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'man overboard drill'
Two Hands Project in Turtle Two Hands Project May 25, 2012

Final touches& photoshoot before the big trip: Sailing with ECOsail-As the photographer on board I was really only after some great images on the stunning Sydney harbour. BUT we mostly seem to be going in circles!- WHY? Because a were three people on ...

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Tsunami Debris Voyage Fundraiser & INFO night
Two Hands Project in Turtle Two Hands Project May 25, 2012

Our very successful  'Tsunami Debris' event not only raised funds for the upcoming Expedition across the Pacific- but also raised awareness about the problem of Plastic Pollution on our planet. We had a great Exhibition on the walls: made of beached...

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Turtle of Change "Two Hands Project" in hands with Two Hands Project
Two Hands Project in Turtle Two Hands Project May 25, 2012

The Two Hands Project is hounoured to have received the Turtle of Change Award! We love cleaning up yOUR world and having fun at the same time! Two hands takes the spirit of huge national and international cleanup days, bringing it back to the individua...

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Turtle of Change "Fun Society" in hands with Maia Green
Maia Green in Turtle of Change - Fun Society May 20, 2012

I founded a charity called FUN Society that does environmental education programs for youth. We were selected as a Turtles of Change recipient and were thrilled to receive the award. For more information about our charity, visit www.funsociety.ca

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Turtle of Change "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Randy Chambers
Randy Chambers in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero May 17, 2012

I am a wetlands ecology professor at the College of William and Mary. The prior keeper of the turtle was one of my students who graduated last week. I chose to get involved because my students and I are interested in turtle conservation issues; I am par...

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Turtle of Change (Fun Society) in hands with Cheryl Alexander
Cheryl Alexander in Turtle of Change - Fun Society May 14, 2012

I am an emissary taking the Turtle to my daughter Maia Green, who is currently in South Africa doing research on environmental education for youth. She founded the Fun Society and has been committed to environmental education and initiatives to 'save the...

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Fun Society in hands with Friends Uniting for Nature Society
Friends Uniting for Nature Society in Turtle of Change - Fun Society May 10, 2012

The Turtle of Change Project is a FUN way to raise awareness about the serious and frightening issues that we face around the globe. It is important to celebrate and support the actions and initiatives that individuals and organizations are taking around ...

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Turtles of Change award goes to Fun Society
BlueTurtle in Turtle of Change - Fun Society May 5, 2012

We are proud to announce that Fun Society of Canada have received our Turtles of Change Award. We are very impressed with their efforts to engage youth in learning about the environment while becoming an agent for positive change. We especially like how t...

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Turtles of Change award goes to Two Hands Project of Australia
BlueTurtle in Turtle Two Hands Project May 5, 2012

We are proud to announce that Two Hands Project of Australia have received our Turtles of Change Award. We are very impressed with their “2 hands 30 min” cleanup concept and how they have taken their action plans to the grassroots level encour...

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Ensuring the Future of Turtle Conservation in Kuna Yala
Marine Flagship Species Program in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero April 19, 2012

Dear Grupo Tortuguero:   I have news from your Turtle!  He apologizes for having been out of touch for the past few weeks, but (as you can see) he has been busy getting a taste of stereotypical American college life.  I've seen him at the...

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Leatherback Sea Turtle Tracks
Christopher Winn in Sea Turtle Restoration Project April 15, 2012

My favorite pictures from Costa Rica where ones I took of fresh leatherback sea turtle tracks in the sand. Usually by dawn they were all walked over by later patrols.   The ones from our sunrise turtle were pristine and made for some sureal and seren...

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Frank Garita EcoTeach
Christopher Winn in Sea Turtle Restoration Project April 15, 2012

Frank Garita was our Guide for our weeklong exploration of the Costa Rican wilderness as well as our sea turtle beach patrols.   Frank is a marine biologist who has also completed the professional courswork in local history, wildlife conservation and...

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Leatherback Turtle at Sunrise
Christopher Winn in Sea Turtle Restoration Project April 14, 2012

I volunteered with Eco-Teach to patrol a beach in Costa Rica where Leatherback Sea Turtles nest.    We saw anywhere from 6 to 20 turtles there each night but could not take pictures as the flash tended to startle and confuse the animals and give...

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Turtle "Black Mountain" in hands with Blue World (Plavi Svijet)
Blue World in Turtle Black Mountain April 10, 2012

Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation is a Non-Governmental Organization from Veli Lošinj, Croatia, established with the intention to carry out scientific research and conservation projects and promote environmental awareness in ...

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Turtle Eco Rambo in hands with Prince Nicholas Petrović Njegoš
Prince Nicholas Petrović Njegoš in Turtle Eco Rambo April 1, 2012

I am proud to be part of this great project called "Turtles of Chsange" nd I thank my dear friend Rambo Amadeus for selecting me to be the first participant. I have already taken the turtle to my home in France where it will be passed onto someone very in...

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Turtle "Grupo Tortuguero" in hands with Marine Flagship Species Program
Marine Flagship Species Program in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero March 26, 2012

I was given the turtle by my father Roderic Mast, who had received it from Bryan Wallace. All of us are involved in some capacity with the Marine Flagship Species Program.

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Turtle of Change enjoying her time at our aquarium
Marine turtle rescue centre in Turtle Black Mountain March 21, 2012

Turtle of Change that arrived in our aquarium last week has been enjoying her time meeting new people and learning about the work we do here at the center. Currently we have 6 turtles rehabilitating and waiting to be released back into the sea on the 18th...

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Turtle Eco Rambo going to France with Prince Nicholas II of Montenegro
Rambo Amadeus in Turtle Eco Rambo March 20, 2012

I passed on Turtle of Change “Eco Rambo” to a person for whom I have outmost respect for, Prince Nicholas ll of Montenegro. He is going to take the turtle to France where he is also planning to pass it on to someone worthy.

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Turtle Black Mountain in hands with Marine turtle rescue centre
Marine turtle rescue centre in Turtle Black Mountain March 20, 2012

Marine turtle rescue centre is unfortunately the only such centre in Croatia so we are privileged to be a part of such a project. We hope that more people will become aware of problems turtles are facing.

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Black Mountain in hands with Marine turtle rescue centre
Marine turtle rescue centre in Turtle Black Mountain March 20, 2012

Marine turtle rescue centre is unfortunately the only centre in Croatia so we are privileged to be a part of such a project. We hope that more people will become aware of problems turtles are facing.

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Turtle of Change's educational adventure in Silver Banks & Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 19, 2012

Yesterday I handed over the Turtle of Change to Chris Winn. He will be taking Mr. T to Costa Rica during his holiday monitoring turtles and their eggs. Wishing you a wonderful journey!

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The Blue Turtle Rests at The Exhibition
Udruga Gloria Maris in Turtle Black Mountain March 18, 2012

After all of the activities, the Blue Turtle was resting at our exhibition space.

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Ecological Cleaning Activity
Udruga Gloria Maris in Turtle Black Mountain March 13, 2012

In company with the Blue Turtle, pupils from the elementary school "Franje Krezma" participated in an ecological activity of cleaning the right coast of the river Drava in Osijek.

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Turtle of Change’s Educational Adventure in Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

So we say goodbye to the Dominican Republic and all our wonderful experiences feeling we have learned so much….And hopefully inspired others as well.

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“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Silver Banks and Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

2/27-3/1: We are out on the tenders daily with Gene and Jeff as our whale swimming guides. What is so important to me, and that I like about them, is that they are very conscious of their following and observation of the whales, never chasing and harassin...

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“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.   On our journey I showed him everything from dead coral reefs to healthy mangrove waterways. We talked with locals, guides, and others to see what is bei...

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“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

I showed Mr. T a picture of a beautiful pristine cave lake and river I hiked to in El Choco National park. The residence that live within this gorgeous area were allowed to stay when it became a park. They live off the abundant land and keep it well maint...

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“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

3/3: Back on dock at Puerto Plata and onto Cabarete we go! The next few days I am horseback riding, hiking, snorkeling, and canyoneering. Mr. T hears of my daily adventures and what I’ve encountered. Then we have our times of going out together obse...

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“Turtle of Change’s” goodbye to Silver Banks
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

To say goodbye to Silver Banks Jodi Frediani caught this gorgeous picture our last evening. What a farewell!

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“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Silver Banks
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

The days were filled with amazing encounters with mother/calves, resting couples, rowdie groups, a singer, lots of breaching, pec slapping, and blows. We were overjoyed to experience this remote glorious area.

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“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Silver Banks and Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

Boarding the Boat for our five day adventure we meet magnificent people from various Ocean organizations and lovers of the ocean and environment. Gene Flipse’s owner of “Conscious Breath Adventures”, Jeff Pantukhoff of “WhaleMan Fo...

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“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Silver Banks and Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

Saturday 2/25: We arrive in Puerto Plato and are taken to the dock to join Gene Flipse’s “Conscious Breath Adventures” and board The Sundancer 2. Prior to getting to the dock, we go through the “Ocean World” entry point. I sh...

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“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Silver Banks and Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project March 13, 2012

Friday 2/24: We’re all packed and ready to go! Swimming with North Atlantic Humpback whales in Silver Banks, land adventures around Cabarete, learning of the ocean/land issues, and educating others about “Turtle of Change” and SF Bay Ame...

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Students of Biology from Osijek
Udruga Gloria Maris in Turtle Black Mountain March 9, 2012

Students of biology were introduced with the project "Blue Turtles of Change" and inspired them for their future jobs.

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Elementary Schools from Osijek
Udruga Gloria Maris in Turtle Black Mountain March 5, 2012

At the educations at our exhibition, we have introduced the elementary school pupils with the project "Blue Turtles of Change" and pointed out the importance of preserving the diverse life in water.

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Grupo Tortuguero in hands with bryan wallace
bryan wallace in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero March 3, 2012

I am a marine biologist who has studied and helped to conserve sea turtles and their ocean homes for a decade. Just as we have tracked sea turtles on their ocean-going voyages from where they breed to where they feed, I'm happy to be a waypoint on the jou...

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Black Mountain in hands with Udruga Gloria Maris
Udruga Gloria Maris in Turtle Black Mountain March 1, 2012

We are a civil association which continuously organizes educational events in order to develop scientific culture and knowledge of children and youth. We have set up, in association with the City Osijek, a permanent exhibition of underwater world and all ...

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Kornjaca konačno u Zagrebu!
Zeleno Sunce (Green Sun) Eco NGO in Turtle Black Mountain March 1, 2012

http://dubrovacki.hr/clanak/36706/statua-morske-kornjace-doputovala-iz-dubrovnika

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Kornjačin susret sa Hrvatskom ministricom zaštite okoliša i prirode Mirele Holy
Ekooptimist in Turtle Black Mountain February 29, 2012

Danas se kornjaca susrela sa nasom dragom ministricom.

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“Turtle of Change’s” Educational Adventure in Silver Banks and Cabarete, Dominican Republic
San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 24, 2012

On Thursday evening 2/23 Kathi Koontz had just returned from the Farallones Islands and honored  me with the “Turtle of Change” at my SF Bay American Cetacean Society chapter presentation to take to Silver Banks, Dominican Republic.

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PBR - Potential Biological Removal or Pabst Blue Ribbon?
Kathi Koontz in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 24, 2012

I went to a talk by Pieter Folkens and Dr. Fred Sharpe about field research of humpback whales in Alaska (with Alaska Whale Foundation).  Highlights, for me, included a Crittercam video of a calf nursing, foraging ecology and complex social structure...

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Farallon Islands Webcast
Kathi Koontz in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 19, 2012

Join marine biologists as they share their explorations of the rocky intertidal shores of Southeast Farallon Island off San Francisco, an area otherwise forbidden to visitors. Via a live feed, scientists will be available to answer questions, and d...

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Farallones and SF
Kathi Koontz in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 19, 2012

So...  The turtle is enjoying time on the Farallones.  I'm still in San Francisco.  Unfortunately, we could not reach the island with the current weather conditions (swell too large).  The research was timed with the lowest tides.&nbs...

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Farallon Islands
Kathi Koontz in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 17, 2012

Myself and 3 scientists are (will be) conducting resarch on the rocky intertidal areas on the Farallon Islands.  We will be identifying species and doing density counts.  This is a long term project with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marin...

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Sea Turtle Restoration Project in hands with Kathi Koontz
Kathi Koontz in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 14, 2012

I'm honored to receive the turtle of change from an amazing person - Deb Castellana. I love spending time at and in the ocean, and it's sad to see what we are doing to her. I can do my part to change and protect, but hopefully, and more importantly, I w...

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Turtle of Change Faces Harsh Realities
Deb Castellana in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 13, 2012

This morning’s tour of Point Richmond included the Chevron Oil Refinery’s docks (from atop the hill), where The Turtle of Change could see a huge oil tanker tied up at the dock. She knows that around the world many thousands of her kind have b...

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Turtle of Change’s Migratory Route Passes Through Point Richmond, CA
Deb Castellana in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 12, 2012

I was honored when the folks at the Sea Turtle Restoration Project decided to pass their ‘Turtle of Change’ to me for her next adventure.  After a refreshing bath in a tub of blue marbles, she joined us for a dog walk and marine debris cl...

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Sea Turtle Restoration Project in hands with Deb Castellana
Deb Castellana in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 10, 2012

When I heard about the Turtles of Change project I thought it was brilliant. I am very happy to be taking care of the little fellow for the next week and we already have some great adventures planned.

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Marine Debris Action Team Cleanup at Palomarin beach
Sea Turtle Restoration Project in Sea Turtle Restoration Project February 9, 2012

Dr Chris Pincetich partnered again with Homer from the Clean Oceans Project to bring the Marine Debris Action Teams out to the remote Palomarin beach to perform a marine debris density survey, train more volutneers on the survey method, and do a beach cle...

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Black Mountain in hands with Ekooptimist
Ekooptimist in Turtle Black Mountain February 9, 2012

Ecooptimist promotes the protection of nature and the environment, while advocating for sustainable development in Croatian and other communities. It also focuses on activities that foster public participation in decision-making processes with the aim of ...

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Djecja tribina
Zeleno Sunce (Green Sun) Eco NGO in Turtle Black Mountain February 8, 2012

Sa  Zelene dječje  tribine uz Dan vlažnih staništa poslan zahtjev  Državnom zavodu za zaštitu prirode Rh da se  močvarno područje gornjeg toka Omble za otočićem Blato strogo zaštiti u okviru Ramsarske konvencije (d...

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Grupo Tortuguero in hands with Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch Institute in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero February 2, 2012

Earthwatch is a diverse community of scientists, educators, students, and businesspeople who work together to get the fullest benefit from scientific research.We are proud to be part of Turtles of Change project.   Earthwatch's mission is to engage...

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Turtle Grupo Tortuguero in hands with Wallace J Nichols
Wallace J Nichols in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero January 31, 2012

The Grupo Tortuguero turtle was handed off to me at the 14th annual meeting of GrupoTortuguero.org. I'm proud to receive and pass it on. As one of the founders of GrupoTortuguero.org and SEEturtles.org I'm committed to sea turtle recovery and ocean restor...

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Black Mountain in hands with Eco NGO "Zeleno Sunce - Green Sun"
Zeleno Sunce (Green Sun) Eco NGO in Turtle Black Mountain January 30, 2012

The turtle is in our association "Green Sun" from 27/01/2012. The association prepares a two eco-activities for its children members in order to warn about ecologic pressures on environment in the local community. The turtle will be passed on in another a...

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Predaja Kornjacice Prijateljima iz Dubrovnika
Vjeverica Kotor in Turtle Black Mountain January 28, 2012

Zbogom nasa mala Kornjacice!!   Juce, 28.januara predali smo naseg privremenog gosta, velikog pomocnika na akciji posumljavanja naseg parka prirode Vrmca.   Novi Njen domacin sada je eko centar "Zeleno Sunce" iz Dubrovnika.. Kako nismo imal...

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Grupo Tortuguero in hands with Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias, A.C.
Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias, A.C. in Turtle Grupo Tortuguero January 28, 2012

Grupo Tortuguero is excited to receive this amazing award from BlueTurtle. It feels good knowing that our work in protecting sea turtles and their environment has been recognized. It was great having the turtle with us in La Paz and we are looking forward...

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Lustica 22. januar 2012 god.
Vjeverica Kotor in Turtle Black Mountain January 23, 2012

Dragi drugari.Poslije danasnje divne pjesacke ture po Lustickom poluostrvu, na kojoj smo imali gotovo 50 ucesnika, javljamo se u par rijeci Preko Prijevora dje smo ostavili vozila, pa kroz selo Brguli spustili smo se divnom stazom  do crkve sv.Ni...

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Rambo Amadeus sending turtle Eco Rambo on a journey around the world
Rambo Amadeus in Turtle Eco Rambo January 17, 2012

We are environmental activists who are using celebrity status to raise awareness about importance of environmental re-education all around the world. We are very excited to be one of the recipients of the Turtles of Change Award and we are looking forward...

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Izvještaj sa akcije pošumljavanja 15. januar 2012.
Vjeverica Kotor in Turtle Black Mountain January 17, 2012

60-tak ucesnika/ca ove akcije, u organizaciji Planinarskog kluba Vjeverica uspjesno su obavili  posumljavanje jednog dijela ogoljelih i pozarom unistenih padina parka Prirode Vrmca, 4. put po redu u ovom nizu akcija, u saradnji sa NVO "Beš...

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Rambo Amadeus u saradnji sa BlueTurtle salje kornjacu Eco Rambo na put oko svijeta
Rambo Amadeus in Turtle Eco Rambo January 15, 2012

Smo vrlo ekološki aktivni i koristimo popularnost da širimo svijest o nužnosti eko prevaspitanja svijeta. Sa zadovoljstvom prihvatamo nagradu koju nam je uručila kompanija BlueTurtle iz San Franciska. Mi ćemo kornjaču rado proslijediti jedno...

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Blue Turtle i Vjeverica Kotor
Vjeverica Kotor in Turtle Black Mountain January 14, 2012

Dragi drugari, Nas klub je, u nedavno oformljenoj organizaciji "BlueTurtle" (www.blueturtle.com) prepoznat kao grupa koja je pozitivno nastrojena premaprirodi, pa smo dobitnici nagrade, ove Kornjacice koja na ovaj nacin, kao stafeta, iz ruke u ruku putuje...

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Turtles of Change Award goes to Rambo Amadeus
BlueTurtle in Turtle Eco Rambo January 14, 2012

Belgrade, Serbia, Jan 2012~ BlueTurtle has chosen an artist from Serbia, Rambo Amadeus, as the next recipient of the TURTLES OF CHANGE AWARD.   Rambo Amadeus received the award for his hands on work as an environmentalist and for using hi...

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Black Mountain in hands with Vjeverica Kotor
Vjeverica Kotor in Turtle Black Mountain January 12, 2012

U trenutku kada smo prepoznati kao organizacija koja cini nesto dobro za planetu, planinarski klub Vjeverica iz Kotora je i saznao za ideju Blue Turtle projekta. Ideja je divna, zato je i naisla na pravo mjesto i sa odusevljenjem prihvacena.Samo da ovo us...

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Marine Debris Action Team remote survey with Sea Turtle Restoration Project
Sea Turtle Restoration Project in Sea Turtle Restoration Project January 11, 2012

Dr. Chris Pincetich traveled to one of the remote survey sites leading Marine Debris Action Team research. Coast Camp in the Point Reyes National Seashore is miles from civilization and plastic pollution permeates even this idylic setting. The Sea Turtle ...

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Kompostiranje i proizvodnja humusa u vašem vrtu
Mira Martinetti in Turtle Black Mountain January 8, 2012

Prošloga ljeta ima li smo priliku da naučimo sta je kompostiranje i tako započnemo sopstvenu proizvodnju humusa, prirodnog organskog đubriva za naš vrt i voćnjak. Shvatajući jednostavnost ovog procesa i njegovim prednostima u poređenju sa ku...

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Vocnjak bez hemikalija - zdrava hrana u tvom vrtu
Mira Martinetti in Turtle Black Mountain December 31, 2011

Do ne tako davno kuce su se gradile na obodima njiva i mjestima koja nisu bila obradive oranice. Njive su se tretitale kao svetinje i na njima se nije smjelo graditi, pojam zdrave hrane nije ni postojao. Na zalost u zadnjih 20ak godina na tim istim njivam...

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Black Mountain in hands with Mira Martinetti
Mira Martinetti in Turtle Black Mountain December 30, 2011

Ja sam se ukljucila u ovaj divni projekat jer sam osjetila potrebu da budem dio tog lanca koji dize svijest i stvara promjenu u svjetu ekologije. U sledecih 7 dana pokazat cemo vam kako mi u nasem domacinstvu doprinosimo ovom pokretu i nadamo se da drugi ...

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Turtle "Sea Turtle Restoration Project" in hands with the awardee
Sea Turtle Restoration Project in Sea Turtle Restoration Project December 28, 2011

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project's (http://www.seaturtles.org) mission is to protect and restore endangered sea turtles and marine biodiversity worldwide in ways that incorporate the ecological needs of marine species and the economic needs of local com...

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Chris Pincetich accepting the Turtles of Change Award for Sea Turtle Restoration Project
BlueTurtle in Sea Turtle Restoration Project December 28, 2011

San Francisco, CA, 2012~ BlueTurtle has chosen Bay Area non-profit Sea Turtle  Restoration Project as the recipient of the TURTLES OF CHANGE AWARD;  accepting the award at the beach of Chrissy Field in San Francisco is Outreach & Education D...

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BlueTurtle Eko Akcija u Porto Montenegro
Marina Porto Montenegro in Turtle Black Mountain December 9, 2011

Akcija BlueTurtle u marini Porto Montenegro je uspjesno realizovana. Ideja je bila da se ocisti otpad koji je plivao po morskoj povrsini u marini i po Tivackom zalivu. Svi zaposleni u marini su se odazvali tom projektu, koristili smo 3 mala gumenjaka I u ...

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The Turtle has left the building!
SMŠ Mladost in Turtle Black Mountain December 5, 2011

After bringing a great deal of motivation and activity for our high-school students, it was time for the Blue Turtle to move on. It decided to go to our neighbours, Porto Montenegro and their marina manger, Tony Browne. Few of our most dedicated students ...

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''We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.'' Native American Proverb
SMŠ Mladost in Turtle Black Mountain November 30, 2011

The Sun finally came out! And so did we, followed by the Turtle. It happened on November 30th. Around 30 young people from 22 classes, supervised by the School Principal,Miss Jovanka Vujačić and her assistants, had put on plastic gloves, took garbage bags...

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The Turtle's visit to our high-school :)
SMŠ Mladost in Turtle Black Mountain November 25, 2011

It was a sunny Monday morning when our friends from Knightsbridge School Montenegro gave us The Blue Turtle. The Student Council decided to make an urgent meeting: we had to make a decision about the activity we are going to do. After a few suggestions we...

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Working together
Knightsbridge School Montenegro in Turtle Black Mountain November 14, 2011

The sun shone warmly on Monday 14 November. The students at Knightsbridge School sent letters to the adjacent schools explaining our plan. They quickly acted and by 10.00 in the morning, there were children and adults everywhere clearing the trash. This w...

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OCISTIMO TIVAT
Knightsbridge School Montenegro in Turtle Black Mountain November 14, 2011

Danas su ucenici nase skole pokrenuli akciju ciscenja skolskog dvorista i parka. Prije nego sto smo iznijeli i postavili postere uz ogradu, otisli smo u posjetu srednjoj i osnovnoj skoli u blizini. Ispricali smo im sve o projektu Blue Turtle i predlozili ...

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Spreading the word
Knightsbridge School Montenegro in Turtle Black Mountain November 13, 2011

Our school is next to two other schools, an elementary and a secondary school. The littering issue is everyone's responsibility. Some of the snack wrappers come from outside. We approached a member of the secondary school student council and she came to l...

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Turtle arrives
Knightsbridge School Montenegro in Turtle Black Mountain November 13, 2011

We were finishing our posters when Amy arrived with the Turtle. The students recognized her and asked her before she got to the door, "Did you bring the turtle?" The turtle was passed around so everyone could see it and hold it. Then the students shared ...

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Starting out
Knightsbridge School Montenegro in Turtle Black Mountain November 13, 2011

After looking at the website and watching the video clip, students and teachers talked about what could be done in Tivat to make a difference. There was a collective agreement that we could get involved. We would start with a poster campaign regarding pu...

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Turtle's Big Day Out
Black Mountain in Turtle Black Mountain November 5, 2011

In true Black Mountain style we headed up the mountain today and Turtle came too ! We gathered together some fun and friendly folks to spend the morning at one of our favourite beauty spots on Mount Orjen, the 1800 metre mountain which looks over our town...

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A Turtle about Town
Black Mountain in Turtle Black Mountain November 3, 2011

Turtle Black Mountain has been settling into life here in Herceg Novi and attracting plenty of attention from friends and local people – giving us a chance to explain why he is here with us and to spread the word about Blue Turtle and the Turtles of...

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The Turtle has Landed !
Black Mountain in Turtle Black Mountain November 2, 2011

The Turtle has Landed !! Or more precisely it has swum ashore in the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro for its first stop on what promises to be a very exciting journey indeed for Turtle 'Black Mountain' – the very first 'Turtle of Change' ! At Black Mounta...

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Journey begins for our 1st turtle
BlueTurtle in Turtle Black Mountain October 31, 2011

Today turtle Black Mountain has officially begun its unpredictable journey around the World. With all the excitement we completely forgot to take photos of the turtle so I am using a photo of Jack and Hayley, which I took this summer during one of our ...

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