A nonprofit organization

$3,105 raised by 37 donors

31% complete

$10,000 Goal

With the help of grants, donations, and platforms such as Give Miami Day, we can continue our mission of conserving and protecting our local environment. Below, we've included a brief summary, needed items, and a general cost of what it takes for our projects to run each year. Any support we receive from you will be instrumental in allowing us to continue this work!

1) Evolution of Darwin Beach: a beach enhancement project focused on removing marine debris and invasive/exotic vegetation and replacing them with native plants on Virginia Key's Darwin Beach. The next phase of the project is to remove the invasive Australian Pines Casuarina equisetifolia from the coastline.

Quote to Remove Pines: $45,000 

Needed items: rubber work gloves, donated native plants, food for volunteers, various outdoor equipment, funds for removal

2) Sea Turtle Nesting Surveys: a 6-month seasonal project that monitors, tracks, and documents marine sea turtle nesting activity on Virginia Key to observe sea turtle population trends and coordinate conservation efforts

Annual Cost to Maintain: ~$15,000

Needed Items: UTV maintenance and fuel, stakes, nest marking supplies, data tracking supplies, etc.

3) Cetacean Aerial Survey Project: a research project partnered with Dolphin Research Center focused on collecting marine mammal data through the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, as opposed the the traditional, more invasive techniques still commonly used today

Annual Cost to Maintain: $15,000

Need Items: sample analysis, conference fees, travel costs, drones, drone maintenance, boat fuel, etc.

Additionally we seek funds to compensate interns, support outreach endeavors, and provide basic field equipment for our staff, interns, and volunteers. We want to continue tackling these, and other local environmental issues in the future with innovative research and conservation techniques. If you ever want to know more about what we do, or if you're interested in volunteering, our email is


Committed to the understanding and protection of our local marine environment through conservation, research and environmental stewardship

Donations received today will go toward the continuation of our three current research projects: 1) The Evolution of Darwin Beach, 2) Virginia Key Sea Turtle Nesting Survey, and 3) Cetacean Aerial Survey Project (CASP). For more information on these projects, please visit:

Your generous donations will allow our staff, interns, and volunteers to follow their passions, gain valuable field experience, give back to their community, and help our local environment in the process. Whether it's beach enhancement, protection of endangered sea turtles, or developing new and innovative methods to collect marine mammal data, MORAES was initiated by a few passionate people following their dreams. It continues today because of the support and generosity of people like you who believe in our mission.

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9440 SW 106 Avenue
Miami, FL 33176



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