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BSTP is the only FWC-permitted turtle patrol in Atlantic, Neptune and Jax Beaches! Our name is clearly visible on our tee shirts and ATVs. If you observe anyone touching a turtle or a nest that is NOT identifiable as a BSTP volunteer, please notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency immediately. Similarly, there are no other groups who are authorized to accept donations, sell items, or advise you about sea turtle-friendly lights on behalf of BSTP.

Final 2018 Nest Count:
Nests: 44 (1 green, 2 leatherback, 41 loggerhead)
Status: Hatched (38), Unproductive (3), Unknown (3)
False crawls: 34 (loggerhead)

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Off-shore storm conditions may wash out nests and push hatchlings back to shore! Here's what to do if you find something in Atlantic, Neptune or Jax Beach...

:: Nest markers washing out: If you can do it SAFELY, please retrieve them and place them high on the dune as near to the original nest location as possible.
:: Eggs washing out: Let nature take its course. These eggs are most likely no longer viable.
:: Emerging hatchlings: Again, and as always, let nature take its course and do not interfere. If they are continually getting pushed ashore call us right away and we will advise a course of action.
:: Hatchlings that are washed back in after the storm: These may be found anywhere on the beach but most likely will be in the wrack line (line of seaweed washed up by the tide). Call BSTP immediately and we will come fetch them. DO NOT PUT THEM BACK IN THE OCEAN!

Thank you, and remember, BSTP works ONLY in Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. Our number is (904) 613-6081. Reports from any other locations should be directed to FL Fish and Wildlife at (888) 404-3922. If you call us regarding an area that is not in our jurisdiction we will only be able to refer you to the FWC number, thereby adding to the response time for emergencies.

Help Us Help Them

  • Turn off or shield all beachfront lighting after 9 pm. Click here for approved wildlife lighting solutions. Why this is important.
  • Use window coverings to block indoor lights that face the beach.
  • Do not use flashlights on the beach.
  • Do not leave toys, chairs or other items on the beach that can entrap or impede nesting turtles or hatchlings.
  • Fill in all holes and ruts in the sand.
  • Report potential nesting hazards (lighting, obstructions, etc.).
  • If you see a nesting turtle, stay at least 25 yards behind her at all times.
  • If hatchlings are present, do not touch them or interfere with their progress to the ocean. Immediately report any problems to BSTP at (904) 613-6081.
With more turtles close to shore there may also be more stranded turtles washing up on the beach. If you find a stranded sea turtle:
  • Stray hatchlings should be placed in a small bucket or container with 1-2" of moist sand, and covered lightly with a cloth or towel. Call us right away for retrieval. DO NOT try to put it back in the ocean.
  • Report adult turtles immediately to BSTP at (904) 613-6081 or to Florida Fish & Wildlife (FWC) at 1-888-404-3922.
  • Do not touch the turtle unless instructed to by a certified BSTP volunteer or FWC employee.
  • Become familiar with FL Statutes regarding appropriate behavior around hatchlings, nests and nesting turtles. Any contact is prohibited by law unless under the direction of certified personnel.

BSTP News and Updates

  • Saturday 9/15: Art Exhibit and Sea Turtle Awareness event, Whiskey Jax, 2-6 pm.
  • International Coastal Clean Up Day: Saturday 9/15, 8-10 am. Pick up bags and gloves at our stations: endzones of Beach Blvd, 20th Ave N./Seagate, and Atlantic Blvd. More details hereand here.
  • 5th of July beach clean up 7-10 am. Pick up bags and gloves at the endzones of Beach Blvd, 20th Ave N./Seagate, and Atlantic Blvd. More details here.
  • Saturday June 30: Art Exhibit and Sea Turtle Awareness
  • Wednesday June 20: Sea Turtle Workshop, 5:30-7.
  • Saturday June 9: Exhibit table at World Oceans Day, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, 10-2.
  • Tuesday June 5: Sea Turtle Workshop, 5:30-7. New date June 20, see above.
  • Sunday May 20: Art Exhibit and Sea Turtle Awareness
  • Online fundraiser "Totes For Turtles" May 7-31. Facebook users click here. All other users click here. Social media account is NOT required to participate!
  • The annual supporters newsletter is now online.
  • Volunteer slots have been filled for 2018. Thanks for your interest and check back again next year.
  • We are now accepting applications for volunteers. There is only a handful of openings so don't delay if you're interested. Online applications only!
  • Decreased water temps may cause sea turtles to become "cold-stunned" and wash ashore. These turtles may appear to be deceased but are still alive and in need of immediate medical attention. Please report all strandings in Atlantic, Neptune and Jax Beaches to our emergency line at 904-613-6081. If we're unable to answer please leave a detailed message. Stranded turtles in other locations should be reported to FWC's emergency line at 1-888-404-3922 or #FWC from cell phone. For more information on cold-stunning please visit this link.

Our Mission

To promote the conservation of endangered and threatened marine turtles in Northeast Florida. [See the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and other protections].

Green Sea Turtle Of the five species of turtles that nest in Florida, there are three species that nest locally: Loggerheads, Greens and Leatherbacks. Loggerheads (Caretta caretta) are the most common, followed by Greens (Chelonia mydas) and, on rare occasions, Leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea). We operate under the auspices of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Marine Turtle Program.

Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol, Inc.
P.O. Box 50723
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240-0723
Emergency Phone: (904) 613-6081

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