Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
The mission of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is to conserve and protect all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach. We accomplish this through the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick and injured sea turtles; public education regarding the plight of sea turtles and the threat of their extinction; and learning opportunities for students of biology, wildlife conservation, and veterinary medicine from around the world. A nonprofit organization, we view our work as a privilege and are honored to work with these magnificent creatures.
You know how important clean water is for daily life. You drink it, bathe in it, use it for cooking. Now imagine if you also lived in it while you were trying to recover from a traumatic injury!
Howlite is a 4-pound green turtle that was found entangled by plastic trash in the New River off of Sneads Ferry. She was emaciated, with line wrapped around both front flippers and in her mouth. The injury to her right front flipper was so severe it required amputation. Her left flipper was able to be saved but requires daily wound care.
In order for Howlite's wounds to continue healing, the water in her tank needs to be as clean as we can possibly make it. You can help.
At the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, the filters, pumps, and pipes that clean our turtles' water are known as our "life support system." And that is truly what the system is. It supports the daily life of our marine turtles and makes their rehabilitation possible. To upgrade our life support system and improve water quality, we are replacing our outdated canister filters with new, more powerful bead filters. Designed to handle even the heaviest of loads, these will help keep our water sparkling clean for Howlite and future injured sea turtles. As an added bonus, they are more efficient and save both water and time.
With filters, pipes, pumps, and controls, as well as design and installation, the cost of this new system is $34,000. Your gift today of $25, $50, $100 or $250 will help upgrade our life support system, improve water quality, and allow injured turtles like Howlite to heal and be released.
On behalf of Howlite and future sea turtle patients, thank you!
This year, we are excited to celebrate our 25th anniversary!
After many years of protecting and conserving turtles, first as the mother-daughter team of Jean and Karen Beasley and then as the all-volunteer Topsail Turtle Project, we decided to make it official 25 years ago, in 1998!
On June 5, 1998, Jean Beasley filed articles of incorporation with the State of North Carolina to legally establish the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center as a non-profit organization. Named in memory of her daughter, Karen, the "KBSTRRC" would include both the existing Topsail Turtle Project and the new Sea Turtle Hospital.
On July 21, 1998, the North Carolina Secretary of State approved KBSTRRC's articles of incorporation and we officially became a legally-recognized, not-for-profit organization!
Since our founding, we have protected over 2,627 sea turtle nests, treated over 1,307 sick or injured sea turtles, and educated hundreds of thousands of people about sea turtles and the importance of conserving them.
To celebrate, we are hosting 25+ activities and events to celebrate 25+ years of conserving and protecting sea turtles. You are invited to join us! Check back often for additional events, activities, and updates.
ONGOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:
SEA TURTLE PICKLE BALL PADDLE - Buy a special edition Sea Turtle Pickle Ball Paddle, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to KBSTRRC! Click here to see the paddle.
THE TURTLES WELCOME YOU! CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION.
ADMISSION (PLUS sales tax & fees):
$7.00 General Admission (Ages 13-61) $6.00 Military (Active Duty and Veterans) $6.00 Seniors (Ages 62 and up) $5.00 Children (Ages 3-12) $0.00 Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-2) (Babies are free but a ticket is still required to save their spot!)
We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization - POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS EIN: 56-1967579
This conservation work for protected sea turtles at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and on Topsail Island is authorized by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, ES Permit 23ST05.