FOCR Raises $25K for Sea Turtle Research

Friends of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge raise $25,000 for sea turtle research

Friends of the Archie Carr RefugeWhen UCF’s sea turtle research was at risk of losing funding, Friends of the Carr Refuge mobilized the community to support a vital 35 year effort.

After learning that government funds to support crucial sea turtle research on the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge had dried up, Friends of the Carr Refuge (FOCR) quickly jumped into action. FOCR’s mission is to promote the conservation of sea turtles and the natural resources of the Carr Refuge by engaging in educational outreach, scientific partnerships and civic activities. In order to propel this mission, FOCR launched a fundraising campaign to support the continuation of turtle nest monitoring and associated research that University of Central Florida has performed for the past 35 years on the refuge’s shoreline.

 Thanks to the support and generosity of donors, FOCR raised $25,000 to support UCF’s turtle research program at the refuge. Through the combination of a donor event, appeal letter, email campaigns, social media and a “yard hatchling” campaign, FOCR was able to mobilize community support for sea turtle research.

“When we learned that government funding would no longer be available for the turtle monitoring and research projects that UCF has performed for 35 years, the Friends of the Carr Refuge launched a fund drive that raised $25,000.  We have a sense of gratitude to the volunteers and contributors who made this drive successful,” said Brandon Smith, President of Friends of the Carr Refuge.  

 The relationship between the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge and the University of Central Florida is unique among USFWS Refuges, in fact the refuge would not exist without the work the decades of research UCF has conducted. Since the Carr Refuge was established in 1991, the refuge has become the most important nesting beach for loggerhead turtles in the world and the most important nesting beach for green turtles in North America.  



Our Mission Statement:  “To promote the conservation of sea turtles and natural resources of the Archie Carr NWR and engage in such educational, scientific partnership and civic activities as will support the mission of the refuge.”

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