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BSTP is the only FWC-permitted turtle patrol in Atlantic, Neptune and Jax Beaches! Our name is clearly visible on our tee shirts and ATVs. If you observe anyone touching a turtle or a nest that is NOT identifiable as a BSTP volunteer, please notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency immediately. Similarly, there are no other groups who are authorized to accept donations, sell items, or advise you about sea turtle-friendly lights on behalf of BSTP.

2017 crawl count (final numbers pending):
61 nests (1 leatherback, 2 green, 58 loggerheads)
35 false crawls

Final 2016 crawl count:
76 nests (1 green turtle, rest loggerheads)
75 hatched (1 final status unknown)
53 false crawls

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STORM INFORMATION

Hurricane conditions may wash out nests and push hatchlings back to shore! Here's what to do if you find something in Atlantic, Neptune or Jax Beach...

:: Nest markers washing out: If you can do it SAFELY, please retrieve them and place them high on the dune as near to the original nest location as possible.
:: Eggs washing out: Let nature take its course. These eggs are most likely no longer viable.
:: Emerging hatchlings: Again, and as always, let nature take its course and do not interfere. If they are continually getting pushed ashore call us right away and we will advise a course of action.
:: Hatchlings that are washed back in after the storm: These may be found anywhere on the beach but most likely will be in the wrack line (line of seaweed washed up by the tide). Call BSTP immediately and we will come fetch them. DO NOT PUT THEM BACK IN THE OCEAN!

Thank you, and remember, BSTP works ONLY in Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. Our number is (904) 613-6081. Reports from any other locations should be directed to FL Fish and Wildlife at (888) 404-3922. If you call us regarding an area that is not in our jurisdiction we will only be able to refer you to the FWC number, thereby adding to the response time for emergencies.

Help Us Help Them

  • Turn off or shield all beachfront lighting after 9 pm. Click here for approved wildlife lighting solutions. Why this is important.
  • Use window coverings to block indoor lights that face the beach.
  • Do not use flashlights on the beach.
  • Do not leave toys, chairs or other items on the beach that can entrap or impede nesting turtles or hatchlings.
  • Fill in all holes and ruts in the sand.
  • Report potential nesting hazards (lighting, obstructions, etc.).
  • If you see a nesting turtle, stay at least 25 yards behind her at all times.
  • If hatchlings are present, do not touch them or interfere with their progress to the ocean. Immediately report any problems to BSTP at (904) 613-6081.
With more turtles close to shore there may also be more stranded turtles washing up on the beach. If you find a stranded sea turtle:
  • Stray hatchlings should be placed in a small bucket or container with 1-2" of moist sand, and covered lightly with a cloth or towel. Call us right away for retrieval. DO NOT try to put it back in the ocean.
  • Report adult turtles immediately to BSTP at (904) 613-6081 or to Florida Fish & Wildlife (FWC) at 1-888-404-3922.
  • Do not touch the turtle unless instructed to by a certified BSTP volunteer or FWC employee.
  • Become familiar with FL Statutes regarding appropriate behavior around hatchlings, nests and nesting turtles. Any contact is prohibited by law unless under the direction of certified personnel.

BSTP News and Updates

  • Join us at one of two locations for the 2017 National Night Out on Tuesday 8/1 from 5:30-7:30. We will have educational tables at SeaWalk Pavilion in Jax Beach and the Atlantic Beach Police Department. This family friendly event is FREE and is targeted towards strengthening our community by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with our law enforcement agencies.
  • Want a fun and easy way to support BSTP's efforts? Join our Facebook LuLaRoe Fundraiser on July 28 for 3 days only! Help turtles and look snazzy! There will a special link provided for those who are not on Facebook. Stay tuned!
  • Annual 5th of July Beach Clean Up: 7-9 a.m. at Beach Blvd., 16th Ave. South, & Atlantic Blvd.
  • The 15th Annual Sea Turtle Show is May 25 through July 5 at First Street Gallery. Opening reception Friday May 26 from 7-9 PM. A portion of the sales of sea turtle art is donated to BSTP! Come get some unique gifts and help the turtles at the same time!
  • Attention beachfront residents and business owners! You're invited to attend a free sea turtle lighting presentation by the experts from the Sea Turtle Conservancy. May 23, 10-11am, Atlantic Beach City Hall. Learn the proper ways to make your lights sea turtle-friendly.
  • 2017 Season Kick-off Presentation is now available at bit.ly/2qmstT7
  • Thanks to everyone who attended our sea turtle education program at the Adele Grage Center in Atlantic Beach. We had a great turnout and met a lot of nice people. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you City of Atlantic Beach for inviting us to speak.
  • All volunteer openings for 2017 have been filled and the new recruits are trained and ready for turtle season! We appreciate all the interest. If you didn't get a slot this year please check back next year. In the meantime, you can help by keeping the beach clean, dark and flat.
  • Annual supporters newsletter now online!
  • Beach clean up Saturday 3/25 from 8-11am. Three sites: 16th Ave. South, Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Blvd. Come on out and help us get ready for nesting season.
  • Check out the Salt Life Fest Saturday 3/18, noon - 10pm. Say hi to our friends from Coastal Charm. They're going to donate 25% of sales to BSTP! Very cool products!
  • We have a handful of volunteer openings this year. Applications being accepted through March or until slots are filled. Training will begin in April. Must apply online.
  • Saturday, Feb. 18, 10-3: Come see our exhibit table at the grand opening of the Critical Care Manatee Center at the Jacksonville Zoo.
  • Have questions about the proposed sea turtle watch group in Atlantic Beach? Read the facts from BSTP, FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Sea Turtle Conservancy.
  • 2016 News Archive


Our Mission

To promote the conservation of endangered and threatened marine turtles in Northeast Florida. [See the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and other protections].

Green Sea Turtle Of the five species of turtles that nest in Florida, there are three species that nest locally: Loggerheads, Greens and Leatherbacks. Loggerheads (Caretta caretta) are the most common, followed by Greens (Chelonia mydas) and, on rare occasions, Leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea). We operate under the auspices of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Marine Turtle Program.


Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol, Inc.
P.O. Box 50723
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240-0723
Emergency Phone: (904) 613-6081
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