St Lucie County’s twenty-one miles of coastal shorelines are critical nesting habitat for three species of threatened or endangered sea turtles. Unfortunately, activities of oceanfront residents and visitors can inadvertently harm sea turtles. Improper nighttime lighting can cause sea turtle disorientations and increased predation during nesting season (March 1 – November 15). Sea turtles can be entangled in beach furniture left out overnight. Dogs off leashes can dig up sea turtle nests and harm hatchlings. Sand castles and pits can entrap hatchlings. The poster below is designed to showcase sea turtle friendly beaches practices that can be adopted by oceanfront residents and visitors. This poster is available for a minimal fee from the UF/IFAS Bookstore.
Sea Turtle Nesting Poster