Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
If you find an unmarked nest
call 941-778-5638 or 248-982-5500 with the exact location.
From May 1st to Oct 31 each year, 100% of the shoreline of Anna Maria Island is monitored at dawn by trained staff. Walkers report the crawls from females from the night before and they are flagged as the walkers pass at dawn. Walkers also report locations of hatchling emergence every morning by 7:30 am.
In partnership with the Island Community through public education and cooperation, it is the mission of the AMITW & SBM to assure a suitable habitat for people, sea turtles & shorebirds, the ecosystem of the island and it’s surrounding waters.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the continued survival of loggerhead sea turtles. The dedication of volunteers plays a major role in the activities at the center and the monitoring of the nesting beaches. Every spring volunteers are trained to help monitor and manage nesting beaches of Manatee County.
- Suzi Fox, Director, FWC Principal Permit Holder for Marine Conservation
- Debbie Basilius, Director
- Ed Sterba, Director
- Claudia Wiseman, Education Director
- Glenn Wiseman, Education Director
AMITW is Staffed by 86 wonderful volunteers!