About UsCOASTAL WILDLIFE CLUB, Inc. (CWC) is an entirely volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness about coastal areas and particularly the wildlife species which depend upon beach and dune habitats in southwest Florida.
Our primary and most visible project is monitoring beaches for sea turtle activity throughout the six-month nesting and hatching season. CWC volunteers monitor beaches daily in sections of Lee, Charlotte, and Sarasota counties – on Gasparilla, Little Gasparilla and Palm islands and on Manasota Key, where sea turtles nest in greater numbers than anywhere else on the Gulf coast.
Year round, as part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN), CWC volunteers also respond to reports of dead or injured sea turtles.
We are permitted for this work by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Imperiled Species Management Section in cooperation with the USFWS. We submit our data directly to the FWC Florida Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) for inclusion in ongoing research considered in management and policy decisions.
Coastal Wildlife Club assists state agencies and county staff in monitoring compliance with state statute and local codes intended to protect sea turtles and their beach and marine habitats.
CWC patrol volunteers pick up beach litter daily, and we participate annually in the International Coastal Clean-up.
CWC outreach projects include guest speaker programs, summer workshops for teachers, and presentations for schools and organizations. We display and distribute information at festivals and other public events. We have also helped fund publication of three turtle-themed books.
We support member attendance at educational conferences and meetings in the belief that greater awareness results in more effective protection for wildlife and enriches our own quality of life.
14th Annual 2011 Florida Marine Turtle Permit Holder Meeting
in Melbourne, FL