Gumbo Limbo Nature Center received a $25,000 grant, provided by Sea Turtle Conservancy through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife, to update Boca Mar Condominium’s outdoor lighting to meet city ordinances requiring sea turtle friendly lighting. Gumbo Limbo is also applying for additional funds to expand the capacity and overall function of our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility.
“We are pleased to receive this grant to assist the residents of Boca Mar Condominium. Many of the residents are elderly and cannot afford to update the building to comply to code even though their desire is to do so. We have been searching for funding for this project for several years. Upon completion of the project, we will have greater consistency along our local beaches in maintaining a safe habitat for one of the busiest urban nesting sites for loggerhead sea turtles in the world,” said Dr. Kirt Rusenko, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Marine Conservationist.
If additional funds are received, Gumbo Limbo will apply them to expanding the capacity of our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility which opened January 1, 2010. Monies will be used to further train our staff and volunteers in the necessary care of rehabilitated sea turtles and to purchase equipment such as anesthesia and x-ray machines.
Stefanie Ouellette, Manager of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center says, “The funds available through the Sea Turtle Conservancy in response to the oil spill will greatly impact Gumbo Limbo as we continue our efforts in sea turtle conservation. These funds will be used to extend the capacity of sea turtles Gumbo Limbo is able to accept into our rehabilitation facility, as well as improve the overall care of the sea turtle patients on site. As the newest rehabilitation facility in Florida, we are appreciative of their support and look forward to many more partnerships in the future.”
NFWF’s Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife was made possible with proceeds from BP’s share of net revenue from oil recovered from the Deepwater Horizon site. The fund will support immediate actions to safeguard the populations of species most at risk from the Gulf oil spill, notably shorebirds, waterfowl, marsh birds and sea turtles. For more information, visit www.nfwf.org/mediacenter.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is committed to coastal and marine education, preservation, conservation and research. The Center is a collaborative project between The City of Boca Raton, The Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida Atlantic University, and Friends of Gumbo Limbo, a 501©3 organization.