Save Sea Turtles!
Save Sea Turtles!
Six out of seven species of sea turtles on our planet are endangered. I need your help to document baby sea turtles hatching this fall.
Six out of seven species of sea turtles on our planet are endangered. I need your help to document baby sea turtles hatching this fall. Read more
THE BIG PICTURE I'm trying to raise $4,000 by August 3rd, so I can photograph sea turtles hatching in North Carolina. Donations will not be collected until then, and only if I meet my goal. The photos will be donated to like minded organizations for use in sea turtle advocacy campaigns. These organizations don't have the funding to send me, but capturing images of these endangered animals is still important, and a really powerful way to move people to action. I would be honored to have your support, please donate.
ABOUT SEA TURTLES Six out of the seven species of sea turtles on our planet are endangered. They are caught in driftnets and on long lines. They are threatened by trawlers and gill nets. They are hit by boats. Their nesting habitats are in danger of disappearing. In many areas throughout the world they are poached or threatened by waste plastic and invasive species. Humans are basically the main cause of these threats.
PROJECT HISTORY In the fall of 2008, I was honored to spend a week photographing the hatching of baby sea turtles at the Bald Head Island Conservancy (BHIC), in Southport, North Carolina. BHIC successfully used the images in their conservation efforts, featuring them on their various web-identities for the public, and in print materials for policy makers and donors. Captivating imagery is a critical tool when building a case for conservation. Through education and legislation, we can help to increase awareness of these threats, take the necessary steps to change our behavior and work with decision makers to increase protections for wildlife.
PROJECT PITCH I need your help to document baby sea turtles hatching in North Carolina this Fall. I hope to again capture this natural wonder, while incorporating the images I feel are missing from this story: the human impact, the predators, the danger.
Please help me chronicle the efforts of Bald Head Island Conservancy (BHIC) to protect and conserve these species. With these photos, we can and will more effectively engage the public, the United States Congress, international environmental agencies, and other governments – our actions can help catalyze real, measurable, meaningful, change.
NEED Further documentation of the baby sea turtles hatching will provide additional captivating imagery and a powerful, emotion-filled means to illustrate the fragility of the situation at hand. Hatchlings are unbelievably small, fragile, and emotionally compelling, providing conservation organizations with an opportunity to make a significant impact through imagery. Photography is an effective tool when tasked with aiding science based advocacy due to its natural ability to captivate an audience and decisively tell the story.
THE ECONOMY As a result of the economic recession, conservation organizations have had to make difficult decisions regarding the allocation of funds and it has come to my attention that the documentation of these precious sea turtle births will be a casualty of budget cuts. That’s why I am reaching out to you. You have to opportunity to make a real difference here. Your support can bridge the gap and ensure that the budget cuts don’t mean a lack of resources to effectively help protect the turtles. This Project can still go on, with your help.
ABOUT ME I am a photographer, designer, and videographer specializing in helping leverage new media and technology to aide individuals and organizations in the evolution of progressive social movements, artistic endeavors, and social entrepreneurships. I work with exceptional people doing exceptional things. You can see my work here: http:/corywilson.net
BALD HEAD ISLAND CONSERVANCY Bald Head Island Conservancy has over 15 years of experience protecting sea turtles, collecting data, and working with the local population on sea turtle issues in the Southport, North Carolina area. Their staff members are experts in the field and have proven an effective asset to the community and the broader national effort on sea turtle conservation.
SEE TURTLES SEE Turtles maximizes its impact by protecting endangered sea turtles through conservation tourism, which generates income for safeguarding precious habitat and supporting local communities while engaging citizens world-wide. We connect travelers and volunteers with sea turtle conservation projects that most need their help, and provide high resolution images for use in global campaigns.
BUDGET The minimum for this project is $4,000. That would cover two weeks of expenses and the cost of an upgraded camera specifically dedicated to the unique circumstances of this project. Baby sea turtles have never seen light, and navigate by the feeling of moonlight, so extreme care must be taken not to disturb their natural path with added light, Acquiring the proper equipment will allow me to do this effectively capture this unbelievable event.
When the project exceeds the minimum funding goal, I will begin my work; and with each milestone above the minimum I will expand the projects effectiveness by lengthening the timeline of the project at $5,000+, purchasing a laptop to edit photographs daily at $7,500+, and hiring a videographer to assist me in documenting the hatchings at $10,000+.
FINAL THOUGHTS It is my hope that this community can enable me do what I do best, what I love, (photograph), and to use that skill to help others do what they do best (protect sea turtles)!
I hope you’ll help us. Become a part of the solution.
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