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What do volunteers do?. 2 types of volunteers Different levels of commitment Regular volunteer Commits to 1 or 2 days per week from May 1 through August 31 to walk a section of beach AT DAYBREAK Reports signs of sea turtle activity Permitted volunteer

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what do volunteers do
What do volunteers do?
  • 2 types of volunteers
  • Different levels of commitment
    • Regular volunteer
      • Commits to 1 or 2 days per week from May 1 through August 31 to walk a section of beach AT DAYBREAK
      • Reports signs of sea turtle activity
    • Permitted volunteer
      • May have an assigned section of beach 1 day per week
      • Commits to a year of training locally and by FWC
      • Commits to being readily available to respond to calls from me
what will you learn
What will you learn?
  • The Regular Volunteer will hopefully learn to:
    • Tell the difference between a nest and a false crawl
  • The Permitted Volunteer will learn to
    • Identify different types of crawls
    • Identify different species
    • Locate eggs in a nest
    • Relocate eggs if necessary
    • Excavate a nest upon emergence
    • Respond to dead or injured sea turtles
    • Accept getting “sandy”
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The nest is marked and monitored during incubation
  • Eggs will incubate for 50 – 60 days
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Since almost all emergences happen at night, artificial beachfront lighting can disorient hatchlings, causing them to crawl all over the beach or landward into vegetation or local roadways
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Three days after the nest emerges, volunteers will excavate the nest and take an inventory of the contents

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

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Sometimes a turtle stops development in the egg
  • Sometimes live hatchlings are trapped in the nest and need to be rescued

Photo by Jennifer Kravassi

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Live hatchlings that are trapped in the nest are collected and released to the water

Photo by Jennifer Kravassi

Photo by Jennifer Kravassi

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The public is invited to our excavations
  • Everyone gets excited when there are live hatchlings!

Photo by Jennifer Kravassi

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

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The rescued hatchlings are released and they make their way to the surf

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

Photo by Sandra Baker-Hinton

our volunteers
Our Volunteers
  • Select a day (or days) of the week
  • Select a section of the beach
  • The south end is covered by ATV (lack of beach access)
  • We frequently ride north to visit with walkers
  • Walk that section at daybreak looking for signs of sea turtle activity the previous night
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Call me! I, or one of the other permitted volunteers, will come and verify the crawl
  • Walkers begin on May 1 and walk through August 31
  • Hatchlings begin to arrive in July and can continue into October
  • Volunteers monitor existing nests as they walk and report any disturbance or vandalism