HEART (Help Endangered Animals-Ridley Turtles) is part of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, an international group who work for not only the Kemp’s ridleys but all species of sea turtles in the oceans of the world.  Following are some excellent websites to get accurate information about the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (lepidochelys kempi) and other species as well.

To report a nesting sea turtle, sea turtle tracks or hatchlings on Texas beaches, call 1-866-TURTLE-5 (866-887-8535), listen carefully and follow the directions.  This number can also be used to report a law enforcement issue regarding sea turtles.

For up-to-date information about Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and sea turtle issues worldwide, see: www.seaturtles.org.  Donations can be made at that site to benefit sea turtles throughout the world.  Action alerts are also sent if requested.

To reach the Gulf Office of Sea Turtle Restoration Project, call 281-444-6204  (also a FAX number) or e-mail:  Carole@seaturtles.org.  A DVD entitled “The Struggle to Survive – the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle” and Teacher Guide are currently available at no cost by providing your name and mailing address.

To keep up with the Kemp’s ridley campaign from the Texas perspective, see: http://savetexasseaturtles.org/  AND/OR http://texasturtlenest.blogspot.com/ Patrol hours for Texas volunteers can be reported on this site.

To learn about sea turtle nesting reports and hatchling release dates at the Padre Island National Seashore (Texas), see: http://www.nps.gov/pais/naturescience/kridley.htm

For information about the Gladys Porter Zoo and the United States’ remarkable roles with the Republic of Mexico and their efforts to prevent the extinction of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, see: http://www.gpz.org/conservation.html

To see what the National Marine Fisheries Service has to say about sea turtles, see http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/

For details about Turtle Excluder Devices (TED), see http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/teds.htm

For numbers of stranded (dead or injured) sea turtles, see http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/seaturtleSTSSN.jsp

To read the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department information, see
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/endang/animals/reptiles_amphibians/kempsrid.phtml

To track sea turtles with satellite attachments, sign up for the Marine Turtle Newsletter and follow both U.S. And international projects at www/seaturtle.org

Additional research sources compiled by Dr. Charles W. Caillouet, Jr., see:
http://www.seaturtle.org/mtn/special/kemps.shtml
MTN 76:14-17; MTN 76:17-18; MTN 85: 2-4