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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

17 hours ago

Hatching season has officially begun on our stretch of St. Joseph Peninsula! Nest 001 really showed out with a 100% hatch success: 90 baby turtles made it safely to the Gulf! With thousands of hatchlings soon to emerge from our current count of 170 nests (and momma turtles are still nesting nightly!), please continue to do your part by keeping our beaches clean, flat, and dark!

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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:
Sunday-Thursday
11:30 - 4:30pm EST

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