The nesting season is underway!
See you on the beach.
2014 Nesting Count Totals
Nests 58 (AB=26, NB=4, JB=28). 1 Total loss, 2 partial loss, 2 unproductive
Total hatched eggs 5,383
Unhatched eggs 874
Live hatchlings found in nest 57
Dead hatchlings found in nest 90
False crawls (abandoned nesting attempts) 29
All crawls were from loggerheads.
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.
- 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
- In less than 24 hours we have found 3 deceased turtles washed up in Jax Beach! Other areas are finding these, as well. While we have no way to determine cause of death it appears they had been ill for some time. If you spot a stranded turtle in Atlantic, Neptune or Jax Beaches, please call us immediately at 904/613.6081. If found in other areas, please call 1-888-404-3922. (If there is an "X" spray painted on the shell, it means that we have already documented it and it is awaiting disposal, so there's no need to report it.)
- Stop by Arts in the Park in Atlantic Beach this Saturday April 25. One of our volunteers has created some very special sea turtle ball caps and will donate a percentage of sales to the turtle patrol!
- Annual newsletter has been mailed and is now available here. The season kick-off meeting will be held Wednesday 4/15 at Beaches Library. Please note that we have no volunteer openings this year. Last season we had 12 new volunteers and everyone is returning. If interested in St. John's county please check here.
- Super-easy way to donate to BSTP! When you do your Holiday shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol Inc. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-3100324 and support us every time you shop.
- 2014 News Archive
Our MissionTo promote the conservation of endangered and threatened marine turtles in Northeast Florida. [See the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and other protections].
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.
Got Gear?We've got all the turtle gear you need to make a statement and show your pride in being a sea turtle conservationist and a supporter of BSTP. Grab an official patrol t-shirt, wooden ornament or surfer necklace, all featuring our special hatchling mascot. Also available are front license plates that spell TUR-TLE, similar to the FL Dept. of Motor Vehicle specialty tag (as shown below). Combined with a BSTP membership these items make a great gift for the environmentalist in your life who has everything.
P.O. Box 50723
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240-0723
Emergency Phone: (904) 613-6081