Save The Turtles,Area 2A Everglades

My name is Gerald Motes. It will take a long time to tell all of my story so I will add on as time goes by. I live in the Everglades , in an area known as 2A. I am semi retired and operate tour boats for an income. I've lived here for 3.5 years now (full time) and am located 7 miles from the nearest landing. There are no roads where I live. I come and go by airboat. I live in a cabin (located on a man made island) that was started in 1953 by hunters. The island was started later after the water level rose and covered the "ridge" that the hunters once camped on in tents. As the water level rose, the turtles had no other land to lay eggs on but the "man island". Today, it is the safe haven for turtle "nesting" but the young hatchlings have no chance of servival. The island is a target for every thing that eats turtles. This is where I come in. My first year, I had a lot of time for the turtles and released 2,322 live turtles from this small island. Second year, only 1,113 because I started work and other reasons. Last year was a disaster with less than 600. We had a cool spring with a lot of rain. I had the eggs but was not set up for the weather. I do not have the incubators that I need (nor the money). I am 71 and am in good health and intend to do this for many years to come. I get a lot of gratification from knowing that I can put somthing back into the everglades that "WE" have taken away. I would like to build nestng islands (with the aproval of the Game & Fish Commission) and restore some of the "food chain" that we have destroyed. I can only do so much alone and am asking for help. I will be posting pictures and hopefully videos (I'm not computer literate) as the season progress'. I currently have 31 clutches (nests) on the island already and beleive that this is going to be another big year. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated and will be used wisely with many updates and pic's during the next 6 months of the season. With good funding (and other resources that I already have), I will go to the GFC with proper p

roposals to start the "nesting islands". I thank you for ANY support . I will be following up with my progress.                            Gerald


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Organizer and beneficiary

Gerald Motes 
Fort Lauderdale, FL
cindy deppen 
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