Marine 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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The Sea Turtle Conservancy Can Help You Become Turtle Friendly

The Escambia County Exterior Lighting Ordinance will go in effect for all residents and businesses on Pensacola Beach beginning in 2018. (view the basics of the ordinance at )


To become “turtle friendly”, exterior lighting will need to follow the “Big 3”:

  • Keep it low
  • Keep it long
  • Keep it shielded
  • “Keep …

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    Escambia County FL Turtle Lighting Ordinance

    Escambia County Turtle Lighting Ordinance

    Chapter 78 – Article 13.23 of the County Land Development Code




    13.23.01. Exemptions –      a) lighting required for navigation by Federal Aviation and the US Coast Guard

    and has been reviewed for the Federal Endangered Species Act

  • b) holiday lighting displayed outside of turtle nesting …

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    Sea Grant Notes – Sep 15, 2017



    No Health Advisories Issued This Week



    Date Location Water Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L) Enterococcus (saltwater) (colonies/100ml) E. coli


    (colonies/100ml) Advisory Issued Sep 18 Big Lagoon 85 20.5 7.2 52

    Moderate No Bayou Grande 87 14.4 6.4 10

    Good No Perdido Key State Park Good No Bayou …

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    2016 Florida Panhandle Diamondback Terrapin Survey Report

    Project Objective:

  • Record sightings of terrapin, or terrapin sign to determine if terrapins still exist in the Florida Panhandle.
  • Identify nesting beaches for future population studies.

    Project Methods:

  • Train citizen scientist on how to identify terrapins or terrapin sign
  • Assign volunteers to geographic regions to conduct their surveys
  • Keep records of all …

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