Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest on AMI

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Adoptions placed at this point will be for the 2018 season. If you want to adopt for 2017  contact us and we will see if we can find one for you .




Show your support  for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch by  adopting a sea turtle nest on that has been laid on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. As a premium for your $100 tax deductible donation a plaque of your choice will be placed on your nest.

When your nest hatches and the data is collected your adoption package will be mailed out within 30 days. Your  or your recipient will receive:

  • The plaque from your nest
  • Data from your nest in paper form
  • A letter of appreciation from the volunteers working your nesting beaches
  • Satisfaction of helping to save sea turtles on Anna Maria Island
  • A personalized email adoption Certificate ( emailed to you when you fill out the adoption form)

All donations collected from our Adopt a Nest Program go to our many School Educational Programs, our Public Awareness Campaign and the production of our many handouts given to visitors & residents of Anna Maria Island.  

Nesting season is May 1 through Oct 31.  Personalized Plaques will go on the adopted nests starting in mid-June. The hand made wooden plaques, assembled by your volunteers, are placed in the order received and as nest are laid. Most plaques will go on the beach late June thru July. The plaques will remain  on the your nest for approximately 45 to 70 day gestation period. 

A printable adoption certificate will be emailed out upon receipt of your order (typically within 48 hours ). You may give the certificate as a gift anytime. We email the certificate to the person adopting the nest at the email provided. You may then print it or forward it to the recipient of your choice. 

You may  use your adoption to promote a business or organization. It is  great exposure to  those walking the beach and a cool thing to display in the office afterwords.


adoption plaque





Storm Protocol:

AMI is subject to tropical weather patterns. Hurricane season (June 1 – Nov 31) coincides with Sea turtle nesting season.

History has shown us that We can expect one or more tropical weather events while the Adopt nest plaques are on the beach.

Our first concern off course is the safety of our Volunteer Staff. Remember that turtles have successfully nested in the tropics for thousands of years. Nests may take on water and still hatch, marking stakes may wash away but the nests may remain viable. We do not relocate sea turtles nests to avoid natural weather events.

In the event of incoming hazardous weather that may disrupt adopted nests on the beach, here is the protocol:

Your adopted nest signs will be removed from the beaches and will be stored safely in our offices. If your nest is still marked on the beach when the storm passes, we will continue to monitor the nest and you will receive all its information with your plaque and packet of goodies after the nest hatches. If the stakes marking your nest washes out, we will send your plaque and adoption package along with what info we have for it
Remember your adoption is symbolic and the funds go to help us in our work