The 2017 sea turtle nesting season has been very successful with EAI documenting over 9,475 loggerhead, 3,200 green turtle, and 176 leatherback nests within its survey areas in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties. As peak hatching season approaches, please remember that hatchlings can become disoriented and crawl toward artificial light sources. Please ensure that no sources of light from your property are visible from or illuminate the beach at night. Problem fixtures can be shielded, redirected, modified, or turned off so that light sources and reflective surfaces are not visible from the beach. Additionally, close blinds or curtains at sunset and move lamps away from windows so that interior lights are not visible from the beach.
For more information, assistance, free educational material, or a copy of your County’s lighting ordinance, please contact us.