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Clean Beaches Week

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

July 1-7 is Clean Beaches Week, a time to celebrate our coastal environments and commit to keeping them clean and safe. Florida has over 1,200 miles of coastline, and they’re host to much more than sandy beaches. Coastal ecosystems support a rich diversity of living things on and off the shore. The UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore has resources that can make your next trip to the beach more adventurous and enriching.

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One in a Thousand: Those Amazing Sea Turtles

Maia McGuire, Ruth Francis-Floyd, Mark Flint, Jaylene Flint

Illustrations by Dawn Witherington

A Florida Sea Grant publication.

Sea turtles are among the most beloved creatures on our planet, but today they’re also among the most endangered. One in a Thousand: Those Amazing Sea Turtles is a comprehensive, science-based chapter book that introduces young and adult audiences to the seven remaining sea turtle species in the world. Written by a team of marine education experts and lavishly illustrated, this book will spark interest in young readers while it informs adults about sea turtle biology and ecology, as well as efforts by scientists and wildlife conservationists to understand and protect these fascinating creatures.

108 pp.

A 5th grade lesson plan that accompanies this book is available at


Sea Turtle Nesting Poster

Nesting season is a perilous time for sea turtles on Florida’s coasts, and artificial lighting and other human impacts can disorient hatchlings or hinder their path to the sea. This colorful 11″ x 17″ poster informs beachgoers and property owners about the simple things they can do to help give sea turtles a fighting chance in life.


Florida’s Living Beaches

Blair and Dawn Witherington

Pineapple Press

A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber

A visit to Florida’s beaches is always time well-spent—but what if you’re looking for a richer understanding of our living shorelines? Florida’s Living Beaches is the perfect guide for dipping your toes into coastal ecosystems. Compiled by acclaimed naturalists Blair and Dawn Witherington, it features over 1,400 birds, fish, sponges, corals, bivalves, gastropods, jellyfish, reptiles, insects, plants, and yes, even trash found on Florida beaches. It also includes a comprehensive guide to beach features such as dunes, scarps, bubble holes and shell hash. There’s also a bucket list of quests for adventurous beachcombers.

Take it with you on your next visit to the beach—it will vastly enrich your experience!

390 pp.


Florida Seashore Life—A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

James Kavanagh

Waterford Press

This handy folding guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of birds, mammals, nearshore fishes, seashore creatures, seashells and shoreline plants found in Florida. It also includes a map featuring prominent wildlife-viewing areas in state and national parks and wildlife refuges.



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Posted: June 27, 2022

Tags: Beaches, Books, Clean Beaches Week, Florida Sea Grant, Sea Turtles, UF IFAS Bookstore

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