The 2016 nesting season is
See you on the beach!
76 nests (1 green turtle, rest loggerheads)
53 false crawls
We are finding lots of post-hatchling washbacks that need to go to rehab facilities. If you find turtles of any size on the beach or struggling in the swash zone please call us right away at 904-613-6081. This number is only for Atlantic Beach, Jax Beach and Neptune Beach. Any other areas should call FL Fish and Wildlife at 888-404-3922 (*FWC from cell phone). PLEASE DO NOT PUT THE TURTLES BACK IN THE OCEAN!
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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.
- 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 for International Coastal Clean Up Day, Saturday 9/17, 7-9 a.m. Bags and gloves provided at the sign in tables at the foot of Atlantic Blvd. and Beach Blvd.
- We have been informed of an online petition seeking an official lighting ordinance to replace the voluntary City Resolution currently in place in Atlantic Beach. We wish to clarify that BSTP and its volunteers are not affiliated with this petition or its creators in any way. This is an initiative created and managed by concerned citizens, and we wish them luck, but BSTP is not a part of this petition.
- Please join us for the annual 5th of July beach clean up. Stations for bags and gloves will be at Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Blvd. from 7 to 9 a.m. Community service hours certified.
- The annual newsletter has been published! Please note, there was a typo on the date of the opening reception at First Street Gallery's sea turtle show. The date should be May 27.
- Season kick off meeting: Saturday, 4/2, 10:30 a.m. at Beaches Library.
- Beach Clean Up March 19, 8-11 a.m. Please join us for the St. Johns River Celebration clean up. Sites at Atlantic Blvd., Beach Blvd., and 16th Ave. South
- Volunteer openings for 2016 have been filled from the waiting list. Thank you for your interest!
- 2015 Nesting Count Totals
Status unknown: 3
- 2015 News Archive
Our MissionTo promote the conservation of endangered and threatened marine turtles in Northeast Florida. [See the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and other protections].
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.
P.O. Box 50723
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32240-0723
Emergency Phone: (904) 613-6081