Beginning Saturday, March 13, N.E.S.T. is hosting the last in its series of fabulous virtual silent auctions. A variety of items, from restaurant gift certificates to vacation stays, will be up for auction from Saturday, March 13 to Saturday, March 20. Find the auction at Some items will only be available for local pickup and will be marked.

N.E.S.T. wishes to thank the donors and bidders that continue to make our online fundraisers such a success! The winter months bring cold-stunned sea turtles to our shores, and funds raised support our volunteer efforts to rescue, transport, and support the rehabilitation efforts at the STAR Center. If you spot a stranded sea turtle, please call our hotline at 252-441-8622.

Your donations support N.E.S.T. activities including sea turtle nest protection, data collection, stranding response/rescue, rehabilitation, and public education. For more information on N.E.S.T.’s mission and activities, or to learn how you can volunteer, explore our website,