Sea Turtle Conservation

Team

This program facilitates nesting and rehabilitation. In accordance with STA’s state permit, #098, some requirements we follow are:

  • relocate nests as needed and excavate some nests after they have hatched

  • document and report predation events (when another type of animal digs into the turtle nest or gets the hatchlings)

  • artificial lighting events (when homes on the beach forget to turn off their exterior lights during nesting season or do not retrofit them)

  • obstructed nesting attempts (when the mother sea turtle comes on land to nest, hits a man-made structure like a sea wall or beach chair and returns to the ocean without nesting)

  • coordinate needed efforts to document dead turtles and transport injured sea turtles to a rehabilitation facility.

  • monitor new sea turtle nests on the beach in Ocean Ridge, Briny Breezes, and Gulf Stream daily from March 1 through October 31 and provide annual reports to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Typical sea turtle nest stake placed at nest location.

A permitted sea turtle volunteer excavating a hatched nest to evaluate its success.

A sea turtle stranding event we responded to and helped coordinate transport to Gumbo Limbo for treatment.

Bruno Barber is a phenomenal photographer that takes all of our underwater photos that can be found on STA's Facebook page. You can find his profile and more of his photos here:

https://brunobarber.myportfolio.com/about-1

Our Team of 11 Permitted

Sea Turtle Conservation Program Nest Monitors:

Jackie

Heather

Joan

Zach

Darlene

Lexi

Jim

Margie

Emilie

Chris

Megan