Supporters of St. Vincent NWR

Adopt a Turtle Program - The Turtle Patrol Needs your Support!


WILD WEEK - Save the Date

October 14-18, 2014

Wonder - Inspire - Learn - Do,

In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week St. Vincent Island will be hosting special tours.  During the week of October 14 -18, 2014 there will be a 3-4 hour themed tour each day. The focus of the five tours will be photography, history, native plants, birds and a kids/family oriented session which is scheduled for Saturday. 

More information will be posted to our web site in addition to tour reservations after Labor Day, September 3, 2014. 


Nest count   7/21/2014:    48  

Adoption count:  22  

                      we need your support.   

The Supporter’s group is requesting a tax-deductible donation of $25 to “adopt” a specific sea turtle nest. This donation applies to one nest per nesting season. Donors will receive an “adoption certificate”, a photo of the nest, and a complete activity report at the end of the nesting season. All donors will be recognized in the Supporter’s newsletter. The $25 donation will help pay for the cost of the wire cages, supplies, and fuel for the patrol vehicles. Your support of this project will be greatly appreciated by the mother sea turtles, volunteers, staff, and sea turtle lovers everywhere!

 Nest with sentry

 To participate, please send your donation of $25 to:

Supporters of St. Vincent   

PO Box 1073

Eastpoint, FL 32328

Include the name and address of the "adoptor" to put on the Certificate and a name for the mother turtle, if desired.                      


For more information on this program, use the Contact Us menu button or call 850/229-6735.

George Hatch, center

MUST SEE!  Interesting Historical Photos of the Island


Link to a brief article about the unique beauty of St. Vincent Island - courtesy of Walton Outdoors.


And check out a brief intro to the island with an interview with Shelley Stiaes, Refuge Manager, US Fish and Wildlife Service




Our friends group was established in 2007 to provide support for the St Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge.


The group's mission is:

To support environmental activities that include education, recreation and increased understanding of the history and natural environment of the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge.

The group's goals are to:

  • Increase public awareness of the Refuge
  • Provide financial support to the Refuge
  • Support Refuge projects

Would you like to join us?:

The Supporters are always looking for new members.  We invite you to consider this opportunity to participate in this important work to learn more about, preserve, and enjoy this unique island.  We have a variety of volunteer activities that may appeal to you.  You can find details listed under "Want To Help? - Volunteer Jobs" on the menu bar.  The membership application form is also found under "Want To Help"?  Your membership entitles you to be our guest at our annual meeting, receive our quarterly newsletters, and receive advance notice of upcoming events.  And you get the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of a special group doing their part to protect our valuable natural assets.


Download the St. Vincent Brochure from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

FWS Fundamentals

Bald Eagel, credit Dave Menke/USFWS

Mission Statement

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The Vision:
We will continue to be a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.
The Priorities:
National Wildlife Refuge System:  Conserving Our Lands and Resources
Landscape Conservation:  Working With Others
Migratory Birds:  Conservation and Management
Threatened and Endangered Species:  Achieving Recovery and Preventing Extinction
Aquatic Species:  National Fish Habitat Action Plan and Trust Species
Connecting People With Nature:  Ensuring the Future of Conservation
The Conservation Principles:
Science – Our work is grounded in thorough, objective science.
Stewardship – Our ethic is to conserve natural resources for future generations.
Service – It is our privilege to serve the American people.
Professionalism – We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards, strive for excellence, and respect others.
Partnerships – We emphasize creative, innovative partnerships.
People - Our employees are our most valued asset.
Legacy - We ensure the future of natural resource conservation by connecting people with nature.