Become a Nest Tracker

By becoming a Nest Tracker you will be supporting the Research Department of the Jekyll Island Authority’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Your generosity will help ensure the continued monitoring and research of Jekyll Island’s sea turtle nests.

What’s included in the Nest Tracker Package? With your $40 purchase you will receive:

  • Personalized Nest Tracker Certificate 
  • Nest Tracker sticker 
  • Information about your nest 
  • A photo of your nest 
  • Sea Turtle Nesting Fact Sheet 
  • Nest Tracker name(s) listed on the Georgia Sea Turtle Center website

Personal email updates:

  • “Soon-to-Hatch” email update letting you know your nest could hatch any day
  • A report on your nest’s success after it has been excavated (inventoried) 
  • After Jekyll Island’s last nest has hatched (usually in October) you will receive a summary of the nesting and hatching season

To Purchase a Specific Nest:
If you would like to track a nest of your choosing, select the "Track the nest of my choice" option, then write your preferred nest number in the comment box with your order prior to checking out.

To Purchase a Nest Tracker Package as a Gift:
If you would like to purchase a Nest Tracker package as a gift, please leave a note that the package is a gift in the comment box with your order prior to checking out. Please include the gift recipient's name (as it will appear on the Gift Certificate), their mailing address, and email address. If you have any questions, email us (gstcresearch@jekyllisland.com) or call (912) 635-4137.

Important Information about becoming a Nest Tracker:

  • Any incubating nest can be tracked between May – August, depending on when turtles begin and end their nesting season.
  • Due to a variety of natural causes, some sea turtle nests do not hatch. While we hope your nest hatches, we cannot guarantee its success.
  • Please allow 1-2 weeks processing time to receive your first “tracking” package via traditional mail. All other updates will occur via email.
Note that many people can track the same nest.  

For questions about Nest Trackers, contact us at gstcresearch@jekyllisland.com or call (912) 635-4137.