Washback watchers

Are you an avid beach walker who is interested in volunteering your time to look for more than just seashells along the beach?

If you are, join the Washback Watcher program! This team of permitted volunteers is trained to find and rescue young sea turtles that wash ashore due to heavy winds and surf (August through November).

Volunteers help us look for sea turtles among accumulations of seaweed along their favorite section of beach. Training only takes place in June or July each year.

For more information, please contact Volusia County Environmental Management staff at 386-238-4716 or 238-4668.

Please contact volunteer coordinator Becki OKeefe at bokeefe@volusia.org if you would like to be placed on the list for 2018 training.

Washback Watcher chain of custody  [PDF]

Washback Watcher chain of custody   [On-line form]

Washback Watcher survey log   [PDF] 

Washback Watcher survey log    [On-line form]

Washback volunteer zone map   [PDF] 

Seaweed Secrets Solved!  [PDF]

The Wrack Community   [PDF]

Jennifer Winters
HCP Program Manager
jwinters@volusia.org
386-238-4668

Becki O'Keefe
Sea Turtle Program
Field Manager
bokeefe@volusia.org
386-238-4716

Christina Phillips
Sea Turtle Lighting Specialist
csphillips@volusia.org
386-238-4773

Toll free landlines
when calling from:

West Volusia
386-736-5927

Daytona Beach
386-254-4612

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3303
 

For stranded sea turtles during business hours call Beach Safety and option 0 for operator:
386-239-6414

For stranded sea turtles during nights and weekends call Sheriff's dispatch and option 1 for operator:
386-248-1777

For any other stranding call FWC:
1-888-404-3922

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