About Us

SEA TURTLE PATROL HILTON HEAD ISLAND

2024 Season: The Next Generation

As STPHHI continues to draw awareness and attention to activities on the beaches of Hilton Head, the theme NEXT GENERATION has been chosen for the 2024 nesting season. We believe that we can make an impression on the next generation of visitors to Hilton Head by expressing our passion for the sea turtles and the environment.

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2023 Nesting season Statistics

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2022 Nesting season Statistics

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Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island

What we do

Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island (STPHHI) is a dedicated volunteer organization that plays a crucial role in monitoring and protecting sea turtles on Hilton Head Island by doing the following:

From May 1st until the end of hatching season, the Sea Turtle Patrol HHI diligently patrols the 14 miles of beach on Hilton Head Island. Their purpose is to search for nesting sea turtle tracks, identify nests, and mark them using poles and flagging tape.

To safeguard the nests during incubation, approximately 50% of the nests are carefully moved to higher ground, away from the king high tide line.

The organization promotes awareness about these endangered species through public education and outreach efforts. They spread knowledge about sea turtles and their struggle for survival.

OUR MISSION

Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island provides monitoring, support, and awareness of sea turtle nesting to promote the continued existence of these endangered species.

OUR VISION

Recognized by the community and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as the steward for the preservation of sea turtles and their nesting habitat.

meet OUR team

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Sea turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island

A Passionate Patrol Team

Our Volunteer Patrol Team and Auxiliary (STP AUX) Members dedicate their time to help protect our Island’s Nesting Sea Turtle Population.

Executive Director

Amber kuehn

After college, while working as a divemaster for a local dive shop on Hilton Head Island, Amber Kuehn experienced a close encounter with a loggerhead sea turtle at the wreck of the Eagle’s Nest, 16 miles offshore. From that moment, sea turtle conservation became a driving force in her personal and professional life. Amber has been volunteering on sea turtle nesting beaches for 26 years in locations including Hilton Head Island, Ft. Lauderdale, and Maui. Her master’s degree in marine biology was focused on sea turtle research. As new discoveries are made, the information evolves, but her passion for helping this endangered species remains consistently strong. Amber is proud of the Sea Turtle Patrol HHI organization and the work done by several volunteers to maintain not only the day-to-day monitoring but also our essential fundraising efforts to sustain these activities. 

We have exciting plans for the future to provide more opportunity for visitors and residents to be involved and experience the wonder that gets us out on the beach at 5:00 am for patrol!

Recognitions

How does STP AUX help Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island?

Meet The Auxiliary

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Sea Turtle Patrol Auxiliary Hilton Head Island (STP AUX) is a group of island residents that perform volunteer actions to support the efforts of Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island’s outreach programming.  STP AUX Teams help to fulfill our program’s mission.  

Want to become part of the Aux Team?

How to Join

STP AUX is a limited membership and we are fortunate to be fully staffed for the 2024 season. If you are interested in joining for the 2025 nesting season, email us at HHSTPAUX@gmail.com to be put on our list.

Thank you to

OUR PARTNERS

SCDNR

South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources

Thank You To our

2024 Sea Turtle Patrol HHI Sponsors