First Sea Turtle Nest of the 2019 Season

01 May 2019

 

SCCF is pleased to announce that the first sea turtle nest of the 2019 nesting season was found on Sanibel’s East End on Saturday, April 27.  The loggerhead nest was found by volunteers Irene Nolan, Paola Wierda and Darlene Rizzo.  The nest was screened to protect it against predation; the holes in the screening are large enough for hatchlings to  emerge without assistance.

SCCF coordinates monitoring of sea turtle nesting on Sanibel and Captiva with the help of about 100 volunteers. In 2018 a total of 721 nests were laid on the two beaches, including 718 loggerhead nests, 2 green turtle nests, and 1 laid by the rare Kemp’s ridley. Over 38,000 hatchlings 

With the start of the active season, please remember to keep the safety of nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings in mind.  All sea turtle species are listed and protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.  You can help provide a safe beach for nesting and hatching sea turtles by keeping the following tips in mind:

  • Shield or turn off lights near the beach
  • Take all beach furniture, tents, and umbrellas off the beach with you
  • Fill any holes you dig
  • Do not approach or disturb nesting turtles
  • Never take a flash photo of a sea turtle
  • Cover all flashlights with an approved sea turtle friendly filter. If you see a sea turtle, turn the flashlight off immediately.
  • Pick up trash on the beach, especially plastic Honor the pet leash law

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the sea turtles that nest and hatch on our beaches, visit the SCCF Nature Center for our Turtle Tracks education program.