Top 5 “Turtlely” Things To Do Before Nesting Season
Even though sea turtle nesting season is still weeks away, sea turtle lovers still have lots to do. Check out the top five “pre-season” activities below.
#5. Watch a Sea Turtle Release
Recently this year in mid-January, Brevard Zoo released a rehabilitated sea turtle back into the ocean. For future sea turtle releases, keep an eye on the STPS Event Calendar and on our Facebook page using this link: Sea Turtle Preservation Society. You can also check Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center blog for scheduled releases.
#4. Learn More About Sea Turtles and How to Help Them
There are lots of ways to learn all about sea turtles. Here are just a few:
- Visit STPS – We have two locations where you can visit us and find out more about what we do to help sea turtles survive. The STPS Turtle House has an Education Center and is located at 111 S. Miramar Avenue in Indialantic. It’s open Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The STPS Kiosk is located in Terminal 1 at Port Canaveral and open Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.
- Check out the STPS Website – Our website has lots of resources for learning more about sea turtles including our online library and Turtle Talk Newsletters.
- Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Sea Turtle Program Website – Learn more about the five species of sea turtles in Florida’s waters, research projects, threats to sea turtles, and sea turtle nesting.
#3. Take a “Sea Turtle Road Trip”
Florida’s cooler winter months are a great time for a road trip. Why not do a “sea turtle” day trip?
An easy way to find a facility which houses sea turtles is to use the Florida FWC website called “Where to View Sea Turtles” (see screen shot below). The website consists of four different interactive maps which list all the Marine Turtle Permit Holders in the state. One of these maps shows all facilities which house sea turtles.
To find a sea turtle housing facility, open the “Where to View Sea Turtles” website, select the Housing Facilities tab at the top, then click on a colored square on the map to get a pop-up window with detailed information about the facility including their name, city, phone number, and a link to their website. Please note, not all facilities allow visitors to see their sea turtles and they may charge an admission fee. Before you go, be sure to visit the organization’s website to get specific information on their hours, directions, admission fees, and visitor experiences.
Listed below are just a few organizations in Florida where visitors can see sea turtles and other marine animals year-round.
- Marine Science Center (Ponce Inlet, Florida)
- Loggerhead Marinelife Center (June Beach, Florida)
- Seaworld Orlando (Orlando, Florida)
- Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium (Sarasota, Florida)
Note: Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center is NOT open to the public. However, Brevard Zoo is currently planning to build an aquarium at Port Canaveral which is scheduled to open in early 2027.
#2. Go to an STPS Event
Every month, STPS has meetings, beach cleanups, community events, and fundraising activities. Our helpful volunteers can answer all of your sea turtle questions.
Listed below are just a few events that are coming up soon. For all upcoming events, please see the STPS Event Calendar.
- February 10, 2024 – Visit the STPS booth at the Ocean Treasurers Festival.
- March 9, 2024 – STPS beach cleanups are held at two locations: North Beach Cleanup and South Beach Cleanup.
- March 17, 2024 – Come to our St. Patrick’s Day “Paint a Green Turtle” fundraiser.
#1. Volunteer for STPS
Now is the great time to volunteer for STPS and get all the training you’ll need to participate in volunteer activities such as sea turtle nest surveys and turtle night walks during the upcoming nesting season. Please note, you have to be a member of STPS to volunteer.
Once you become a volunteer, you’ll be invited to a Volunteer Orientation class. The next one is coming up in early March 2024. After completing orientation, you can sign up for nest survey training which is also coming up in March. Also, later this year, we’ll have training for night walk volunteers. Our popular sea turtle night walks allow the public to watch female loggerheads nest on the beach.
To become a member of STPS, use the following link: https://seaturtlespacecoast.org/membership/become-a-member/.
If you are a member and want to volunteer, use the following link to fill out a volunteer application: https://seaturtlespacecoast.org/volunteer-application/.
For questions about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured below are some of our amazing volunteers!