While 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 yearâ€™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.
Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors
Bonita Springs, Florida