As many of our blog readers know, we take Sea Turtle Nesting Season very seriously around here. Baby sea turtles face numerous threats both on land and in water, and only 1 in 1,000 of this endangered species will survive to adulthood.
Many islanders work diligently to help make a difference through conservation efforts with the SCCF Sea Turtle Program. Before dawn every day during nesting season (from mid April through the end of October), more than 100 volunteers survey 18 miles of beach along Sanibel’s shoreline to track nightly activity and help provide the best nest protection possible.
New this year is an extra layer of protection for sea turtle nests: A lightweight screen, as seen in the photos above of a nest nearby Ocean’s Reach, is now carefully laid on top of each barely visible nest. The screen is designed to aid in protecting future hatchlings from predators, while still allowing the babies to climb safely to gulf waters.
To learn more about how you can assist with the successful hatching of these amazing sea creatures, click here.