Sea Turtle Patrol Program

turtle_0Turtle Island Restoration Network and Texas A&M University at Galveston manage the sea turtle nest patrol program for the Upper Texas Coast. Most of the nests our areas sees are the critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. The Kemp’s Ridley, our state sea turtle, is the rarest species and needs the greatest protection from extinction. During the nesting season, our staff and volunteers patrol 72 miles of beach each morning from April 1st through July 15th in order to protect nesting sea turtles and the eggs they lay.

We will be hosting a mandatory training session for volunteers in Bolivar, at the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Station from 9 A.M to 1 P.M. February 18th, 2017. We will also have other training sessions available in Surfside and Galveston on other dates.

Turtle Patrol volunteers Cristy and Randy Beehn

Turtle Patrol volunteers Cristy and Randy Beehn

Our efforts during the season are divided up into 11 routes that are run twice a day, 7 to 9 A.M. and 10 A.M. to 12 P.M., 6 days a week. We do not run on Sundays. Patrols extend from Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula, west through Galveston and on to Follet’s Island, through Surfside Beach. Bolivar is broken up into two routes, both driven by UTV. We do ask that volunteers be able to commit to the entire season, and at least one route a week.

For information on registering please go to

Any questions or concerns can be emailed to
Theresa at or Joanie at

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The presence of our volunteers on the beach not only allow us to protect these turtles, but enlightens the public on other threats to sea turtles as well. 1-866 TURTLE 5 is the hotline TIRN sponsors that anyone can use if they find a nesting, injured or deceased sea turtle. This number will connect you with local biologists who are able to assist the animal. We are very grateful for our dedicated volunteers and are in need of more, especially on Bolivar Peninsula.

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