Video courtesy of Ellen Leroy-Reed, Executive Director, Friends of the GTM Reserve.
Back in the nineties, Joan Becker was at a crossroads. Personally and professionally, her life was changing and she was “stressed out.” Sitting in a doctor’s office, she read an article about sea turtle conservation that changed her life. Today, she’s a member of Sea Turtle Patrol at Florida’s GTM reserve. She gets up before dawn and works through the hot sun to protect the thousands of loggerhead hatchlings that make their way from the Florida coast to Europe and back—a journey that can take 30 years. Joan is one of many reserve friends who have found fulfillment through citizen science at GTM, tackling issues ranging from microplastics and phytoplankton to butterflies, birds, and sea turtles.
Watch Joan’s story: https://youtu.be/dFz9g3Z-7S4