THEY’RE BACK! IT’S SEA TURTLE SEASON

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Our area is unlike any other and they are just like us. They cannot get enough of our natural, undisturbed beaches and neither can we!  Its sea turtle season and one of the most exciting times of the year for sea turtle lovers.  Every year thousands of sea turtle dig nests on John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach, making it one of the highest density nesting beaches in Florida.

The season actually started in late March when the Leatherback sea turtles make their first appearance of the year. Then in April, our most abundant nesters, the Loggerhead sea turtles (Waterfront Properties favorite and insignia) appear. Finally yet importantly, the Green turtles make their appearance in late May until early June. The Florida Park Service manages MacArthur Beach and of the 107 miles of beach the park service’s manages, this beach accounts for 34% of all sea turtle nesting in the State! Statistics from the 2012-nesting season indicate that MacArthur Beach set a new record for Loggerheads – 1,675 nests, 227 Greens nests, and 93 Leatherbacks (new record) nests.

Join a Ranger and experience a guided sea turtle nesting. By carefully following strict guidelines of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a Ranger will offer “Sea Turtle Talks and Walks”.  The group will go to the beach for a chance to witness a sea turtle nesting.  Children under 8 years of age are discouraged from attending the Talk and Walks, as the events may last past midnight, depending on conditions. Reservations will be accepted by the Nature Center at 561-624-6952 beginning May 28.  The very special program is held mid-June through mid-July.
 
Please keep in mind, if you ever come upon a sea turtle hatchling on the beach, bear in mind, they are either endangered or threatened and protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 and Florida’s Marine Turtle Protection Act.

Please follow these guidelines: fb_turtle-top_1250_01

    - Watch from a distance.
 
    - Allow the hatching to crawl to the water on their own.  

    - Leave the hatchlings in their nest (they will leave when the temperature is right and they are ready to go).

    - Keep ALL LIGHTS OFF on the beach and near the dune.  If the hatchlings are disoriented and headed away from the ocean call FWC Wildlife Alert 1-888-404-FWCC.  

Finally, if you see debris on the beach please pick it up and toss it into a proper receptacle.  The smallest piece of trash could be a major obstacle for a tiny hatchling to overcome, so let's safeguard the coastline from Jensen Beach to Juno Beach for these splendid sea turtles who visit our shores each year!



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