Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center
The mission of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the conservation and preservation of all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach. We accomplish this through the rescue, care, 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.
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center Announces New Executive Director
WELCOME KATHY ZAGZEBSKI
The KBSTRRC Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Kathy Zagzebski. Clearly, no one person will ever be able to fill the very large footprint of our Founder and current Executive Director, Jean Beasley. But after more than four decades in the “turtle business” Jean is retiring this spring to spend much of each year with her family in Tennessee.
Kathy has over twenty-six years of experience working with stranded marine animals not only on our NC coast but also on the beaches of Georgia, California, Hawaii and Massachusetts, where she was the Executive Director and President of the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay. This winter she had the monumental task of admitting, caring for and relocating over two-hundred cold stun turtles, several of which are now receiving further treatment in our hospital.
Kathy: “I'm excited to join the fabulous team at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. I feel honored to carry forward Karen Beasley's dream and Jean Beasley's wonderful legacy. It's such a privilege to help sick and injured sea turtles recover so they can be released back to their ocean home!”
ANNOUNCEMENT DUE TO THE SPREAD OF COVID 19, OUT OF CONCERN FOR THE HEALTH OF OUR VOLUNTEERS AND OUR SUPPORTERS, WE WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR PUBLIC AND/OR PRIVATE TOURS UNTIL ANNOUNCED. THIS DECISION IS IN KEEPING WITH CURRENT GUIDELINES SET BY NC STATE AUTHORITIES. ALL VOLUNTEER TRAINING SESSIONS ARE ALSO POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE WATCH THIS PAGE AND OUR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT.