We work cooperatively with our local community to improve the condition of our beaches. Our goal is to make St. Pete Beach as turtle-friendly as possible while helping visitors and residents enjoy this great place. We conduct beach clean-ups, help local businesses get grants for turtle-safe lighting, and work with local government and law enforcement to enhance and ensure protection of sea turtles and their nests.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season 2017 has come to a close! We started our daily beach patrols on April 1st. Every morning, we patrolled St. Pete Beach starting half an hour before sunrise, using Bruno's antique Jeep and volunteer walkers. We look for turtle tracks in the sand indicating a turtle has come ashore to lay her eggs. We also have a team patrolling Shell and Outback Keys each morning via boat. When we find the nest, we locate the eggs chamber, mark the nest and collect the data. After 50-60 days of incubation when the nest is ready to hatch, we monitor the nests nightly to ensure the hatchlings make it safely to the water. We formally stopped our patrols at the end October.
We do a Turtle Tuesday Talk every Tuesday at the Guy Harvey Outpost Resort on St. Pete Beach. We have experienced speakers available to come talk with your students, clubs, associations, congregations, or other groups of interested sea turtle enthusiasts. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in having us present to your group.
We also distribute educational brochures and activity guides. If you have any educational materials and/or want to help with this project, contact us at email@example.com
Throughout the year we continue to help stranded sea turtles in our area to get to nearby rehabilitation facilities for care. Live strandings are rescued and transported to properly permitted rehabilitation facilities. Stranding data collected on a standardized reporting form include date, species, location, carapace length and width, carcass condition, carcass disposition, and information on anomalies (e.g., entanglement, propeller damage, and fibropapillomas).