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Florida Master Naturalists Celebrate 20th Anniversary with Permitted Sea Turtle Night Hike

Master Naturalist 20th Year Anniversary

2021 is the Master Naturalist 20th Year Anniversary

The Florida Master Naturalist Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations continue in St. Lucie County with a permitted sea turtle night walk.  This event took place on July 13, 2021 and was hosted by Ecological Associates Inc of Jensen Beach.  Its always a thrill to see sea turtles nesting in-person.  Sea turtle permit MTP21-10.  No flash photography was used.  Nighttime sea turtle walks are open to the public from June to July each year.  If you are interested in joining a sea turtle night walk, please contact Ecological Associates, Inc.   

St. Lucie County’s twenty-one miles of pristine beaches are home to three species of protected marine turtles:  loggerheads, greens and leatherbacks.  Loggerheads are the most common sea turtles nesting by the thousands during the official nesting season which runs annually March 1 – November 15th.  During this time, residents and visitors are asked to modify lighting so that its not visible from the beach, fill in any holes dug by beachgoers, pick up and dispose of trash on the beaches and properly stow beach furniture.  For additional information about St. Lucie County’s sea turtle friendly beaches, click the link at the bottom of this blog.

Permitted Sea Turtle Night Hike

Permitted Sea Turtle Night Hike. Permit MTP 21-10 No Lights or Flash Photography Used. Photo Credits: K. Gioeli.

Permitted Sea Turtle Night Hike

Permitted Sea Turtle Night Hike. Permit MTP 21-10 No Lights or Flash Photography Used. Photo Credits: K. Gioeli.

2021 Update on Sea Turtle Friendly Beaches in St Lucie County

References
Sea Turtle Conservation: 10 Ways You Can Help (UF/IFAS EDIS)

Sea Turtle Conservation: Priorities for Environmental Education Efforts (UF/IFAS EDIS)