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Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Saturday, June 21st, 2008 at 8:07pm.

Sea TurtleWhile were only six weeks into the turtle nesting time (May, 1 to October, 31) here in Southwest Florida, the 2008 season is off to a good start. As of last weekend, there were 194 known nests on the beaches in Lee and Collier counties. That's up from 131 at the same time last year. In 2007, scientists only found a total of 28,500 nests on 19 surveyed beaches in Florida, down from almost 50,000 in 2006. With overall sea turtle populations down its good to see we may not have a repeat of last year. And, while many factors can influence any one particular season, this year's start is encouraging for both scientists and nesting volunteers alike.

And remember; if you live near the beaches be sure to turn your outside lights off at night. A good rule of thumb is if you can stand in the light and cast a shadow, then you should turn the light off. It is also important to clear your beach area of any furniture or toys to prevent potential hazards. Sea turtles can become entangled in such items and often drag them back into the water and drown. So, be sure to do your part and help protect these beautiful and wonderful creatures.

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Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

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1 Response to "Sea Turtle Nesting Season"

Amanda wrote:
Sea turtles are really extraordinary creatures and we should all do our best to protect them, along with other endangered species.


Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2008 at 4:46pm.

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