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Teresa

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Thanks to South Walton Turtle Watch 2021 team for preparing to protect and assist our sea turtles throughout another exciting season!

Sea Turtle nesting season in South Walton Florida is May 1st through Oct 31st each year.

One of the most extraordinary things about South Walton beaches are the sea turtles that nest here. They need our help and protection to survive.

South Walton Turtle Watch is a group of volunteers whose purpose is to locate sea turtle nests and protect them during the crucial nesting and hatching season. By law, only certified members are allowed to interact with the endangered sea turtles...

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South Walton Turtle Watch message April 17, 2021

14 more days until sea turtle nesting season begins in Walton county and all over our beaches in Florida, GA, AL, SC and even NC.

YOU CAN HELP SAVE OUR ENDANGERED SEA TURTLES. Just remember #cleandarkflat.

1. Keep the beach clean at the end of the day. Take all your things off the beach. Please don't leave anything at the toe of the dune where sea turtles like to nest.

2. Keep the beaches dark. Sea turtles nest in the dark. Our manmade lights are distracting and will disorient sea turtles. Turn off your flashlights, cell phone lights, porch lights and pull your curtains if your house faces the beach.

3. Fill in all holes before you leave the beach. If you dig it, fill it. This is not only a safety issue for sea turtles, but humans as well. Sand caves in fast. The water here on our gulf coast doesn't wash holes to fill them in at night.

We all can make a difference if we each take care of our own side of the street. Be responsible for your gear, holes and lights and that would make a giant difference for the conservation in our world. Ripples go a long way! Thank you for all you do!

Follow South Walton Turtle Watch on Facebook for updates from the team throughout the season:

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Teresa

SoWal Guide
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Nov 15, 2004
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South Walton, FL
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South Walton Turtle Watch

Sea turtle nesting season 2021 begins May 1st!

We've been training and getting all the necessary gear ready for the girls!

Remember to help our nesting turtles by preparing a safe habitat for them to deposit their eggs!

CLEAN: Pick up all furniture, toys, tents, trash, etc. at the end of your day.

DARK: Turn off all beach front lighting, close drapes, hunt for crabs with red lights instead of white.

FLAT: Fill in holes and knock down sand castles so turtles (or people) don't fall in.

Never pick up or handle turtles or push them or other marine animals back into the water. They are protected by law. Call your local turtle watch experts who have proper training and permits to respond to them, or call FWC to report harassment or nest vandalism.

SWTW Sea Turtle Hotline: 850-865-4503
Walton County Sheriff: 850-892-8111
FWC: *FWC or #FWC from cell phone.

#CleanDarkFlat

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Teresa

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Sea Turtle Conservancy
Wednesday June 16

HAPPY WORLD SEA TURTLE DAY!

World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated on June 16th because it's the birthdate of Dr. Archie Carr, the father of sea turtle conservation and the founder of the Sea Turtle Conservancy!

Through his research, teaching and writing, Dr. Carr is responsible for accumulating and distributing much of what is known about the biology and life cycle of sea turtles.

He is credited by many for bringing the first international attention to the plight of marine turtles. Please join us in honoring Dr. Carr and celebrating our favorite animals, today and every day!

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Teresa

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Turtle watch group shares tips on how to protect nesting sea turtles​


by: Jenna Maddox
Jun 18, 2021

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — It is sea turtle nesting season on the Gulf coast, and many people— tourists and locals alike— aren’t aware of some of the safety practices to keep sea turtles thriving during this time.

Turtle watch groups across the Panhandle are educating beachgoers about how to keep conditions favorable for nesting turtles.

Barb Van Stavern with the South Walton Turtle Watch wants to inform visitors to keep beaches clean, dark and flat.

“Picking up all your belongings so they don’t become obstacles to sea turtles is really important,” Van Stavern said. “Turning off those lights on buildings at night and using red lights only if you’re out on the beach at night… Filling in those holes, keeping those turtles from falling in and keeping people safe as well.”

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Some people hunt for crabs on the beach at night, and oftentimes use regular flashlights.

Van Stavern said these lights could distract sea turtles that are actively nesting, or blind the unhatched turtles still in their eggs.

“They need nice dark beaches so that they can safely find their way back to the water. Artificial light is very disorienting so if you’re out at the beaches hunting at night for crabs, using red lights will be helpful,” Van Stavern said. “Turning off all those beachfront lights on condos and buildings is very good too, so amber or red lights are really best for sea turtles.”

Jason Cutshaw with Visit South Walton said the visitor center offers guests special flashlights and red light filter stickers to put over regular flashlights suitable for safe crab hunting.

Van Stavern would like to remind beachgoers if you see a stranded or deceased sea turtle, call the Turtle Watch Hotline at (850) 865-4503 before taking any other action.

 
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