Tag Archive: sea turtles

Night Lighting: Become Wildlife Friendly

Many of you have heard this before – artificial lighting on the beach is bad for sea turtles – so this article is nothing new. However, this article will expand to discuss the problem with night lighting in general. Yes, it is true – sea turtles struggle with evening lighting. They prefer to conduct their …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2017/09/02/night-lighting-become-wildlife-friendly/

It’s Sea Turtle Hatching Time… what you can do to help them

It is August, we are just off another successful Sea Turtle Baby Shower event in the Pensacola area, and we are in peak season for sea turtle hatching. Those little guys have a tough road to follow trying to emerge from their nest to reach the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  Within the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2016/08/26/its-sea-turtle-hatching-time-what-you-can-do-to-help-them/

Sea Turtles and “Leave No Trace”

In August of 2015 the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners adopted a new ordinance to address the issue of chairs, tents, coolers, and other debris left on the beach overnight. The issue with these items is that they impede sea turtle nesting and are a hazard for maintenance and safety crews working the beach …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/09/12/sea-turtles-and-leave-no-trace/

Guess Who’s Expecting?

We are! We are expecting you to attend the Sea Turtle Baby Shower, Saturday, August 15 at 2:30 PM at Park West. Join Escambia 4-H, Sea Grant, and other community organizations for this annual education and outreach event highlighting our local sea turtles. For more information contact Rick O’Connor at (850) 475-5230 or roc1@ufl.edu

Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/07/07/guess-whos-expecting/

5 Things You Can Do to Help Sea Turtles During Nesting Season

It is May and this is the official beginning of the sea turtle nesting season. These ancient creatures have followed this nesting cycle for centuries traveling the open ocean, feeding and resting on reefs, then returning to shore in the spring and summer to breed and lay their eggs on beaches and barrier islands. What …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/05/10/5-things-you-can-do-to-help-sea-turtles-during-nesting-season/

Sea Turtles and Fishing Piers

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach Florida developed a Responsible Pier Initiative training program to assist piers who encounter sea turtles with practices to help save the animals.  According to the Marinelife Center about 250,000 marine turtles either ingest or become entangled in fishing related marine debris each year.  The staff from the Marinelife …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2014/06/23/sea-turtles-and-fishing-piers/

It’s Turtle Season in Escambia County Again; time to turn the lights down

Over the last 25 years the number of sea turtle nests in Escambia County has varied from 9 in 2007 to a 74 in 2012 and has averaged around 32 each season.  During the 1990’s nesting activity was increasing from a decade earlier.  The number of nests ranged from 25-51 and averaged 32 each year.  …

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Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2013/07/08/its-turtle-season-in-escambia-county-again-time-to-turn-the-lights-down/