Bald Head Island Conservancy

Adopt a Hatchling

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Become part of our Sea Turtle Protection Program and support Bald Head Island sea turtle conservation.

Adopt a Hatchling

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Sea Turtle hatchling on Bald Head Island
By adopting a hatchling, you get the chance to be part of our Sea Turtle Protection Program and support sea turtle conservation. As an adopt-a-hatchling parent, you will receive:

  • A personalized adoption certificate
  • A sea turtle hatchling info card and a photo of a hatchling from Bald Head Island
  • An 8″ plush turtle
  • A “I Supported a Sea Turtle Hatchling” sticker

Adoption Details

Thank you for your interest in sea turtle adoption and joining our conservation efforts of our Sea Turtle Protection Program! As you know, sea turtles are continuously at risk from many factors, including habitat destruction, entanglement in fishing gear, climate change and pollution. Your support of our Sea Turtle Protection Program allows us to do our part to ensure they continue to thrive on our beautiful barrier island and beyond.

In our appreciation of your gift of adoption, you (or the recipient you choose for this wonderful gift) will receive exclusive information about a specific sea turtle, be recognized as the adoptee on the nest, and depending on which adoption option you choose, be invited inside of the ropes for an excavation.

Curious about how adoptive families are assigned to a Nest, Mom, or Legacy turtle? For a more detailed description of the process, click here.

All Adopt-as are symbolic adoptions of a sea turtle or sea turtle nest. Each adoption is considered a donation. In the unfortunate event that a nest is lost due to a natural disturbance (such as predation or a natural disaster) there will be no refund nor re-assignment of a new nest. The adoptive parent(s) will be invited to another nest’s excavation. Please allow the Sea Turtle Protection Team at least 2 weeks after a major natural disturbance event to provide an in-depth update on the status of the sea turtle nests.