The 2015 nesting season has ended.
See you next year!
2015 Nesting Count
Status unknown: 3
No further nest adoptions will be processed for this season. Any late donations will be carried over to next season. Thank you for your support!
For more stats follow along at our beach summary page.
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Hurricane conditions offshore 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.
BSTP News and Updates
Here are the details for The Ocean Conservany's International Coastal Clean Up Day on Saturday 9/19 from 7-9 a.m. We will have sites on the beach at Atlantic Blvd., Beach Blvd. and 16th Ave. South. Download the flyer here.
- Surprisingly low turnout for a weekend beach clean up - only 101 people between all three sites. We usually get that many just at Beach Blvd. But the people who did show up did a great job making the beach nice again. Thanks to everyone who turned out!
- Please join us for our annual 5th of July beach clean up, 7-9 a.m. On the beach at Atlantic Blvd., Beach Blvd. and 16th Ave. S. Rain or shine. We supply bags and gloves. Thanks to the City of Jacksonville and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful for providing the supplies.
- Viral Video TV program "Right This Minute" has picked up our sea turtle rescue story for broadcast! Watch it here online.
- Major sea turtle rescue (photos) in Jax Beach on June 22! Video links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
- BSTP volunteer Bill McCullum has been nominated for the Mike Davidson Ford "Good Guy/Gal" award, which provides cash prizes and media services to the top 3 nonprofits whose representative gets the most votes. There's a lot of competition and we need your help to get votes for Bill/BSTP! Only one vote is allowed per person, and the voting period ends July 2. Please share this with your friends and ask for their help. It only takes a minute to do. Thank you! Click here to vote!
- You're invited!
WHAT: Opening reception of annual sea turtle art show/BSTP benefit
WHERE: First Street Gallery, Neptune Beach
WHEN: Friday May 29, 7-9 pm (show runs through July 7)
- 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 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.
- 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