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Florida Coastal Conservancy

Home of the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol and the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center.

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season in Florida
May 1st - October 31st

What's Happening Now

Florida Coastal Conservancy

3 weeks ago

We are saddened but grateful for the scene on our beach this morning: many of our nests succumbed to the high surf; however, it was not a total loss and many of our nests survived. Our hearts are with those in the path of Hurricane Idalia...Florida folks are resilient, just like their sea turtles.

📷: Lou & Paul Keigley, 8/30/23

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St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol & Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center

Through our interactions with visitors to the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center, beach-goers during nesting season, and inquirers from around the world, we are working hard to educate the public about the importance of sea turtles and the ways we all can help them.

Leave No Trace & Keep Lights Off

Help our visiting sea turtles at night:

  • Clear the way at the end of the day by removing all beach equipment.
  • Fill in holes and level sand sculptures.
  • Turn lights off or use turtle-friendly red lights.
  • Our sea turtles dig the beach CLEAN, FLAT, and DARK.

Visit Us at The Turtle Center

Come visit the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center!

We're Open:
11:30 - 4:30pm EST

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