We Celebrate Earth Day with TURTLES

View sea turtle sightings near our Melbourne Beach b&b.To celebrate Earth Day and the beginning of our Loggerhead and Green sea turtles’ nesting season, we’d like to offer some fun facts about turtles near our Melbourne Beach b&b, and some ways that you can get involved:

  • Loggerhead and green sea turtles nest on Brevard County beaches from May through October.
  • Florida is the only state in the continental U.S. where leatherback turtles regularly nest.
  • Leatherbacks are typically the first to arrive on Florida beaches, followed by loggerheads in the spring, and green sea turtles in the summer.
  • Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is the site of the second largest Loggerhead nesting area in the world and is located just 5 miles south of Port d’Hiver!
  • The Refuge is also the most significant area for green turtle nesting in North America, representing 20-35% of all green turtle nests in the U.S.
  • The leatherback turtle, which is one of the world’s largest and rarest sea turtles, also nests in the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge, in much smaller numbers.

Tomorrow (Earth Day – Friday, April 22), you can volunteer with the Barrier Island Center by plotting red mangroves from 5:30-7:30pm. On Saturday, April 23, the Barrier Island Center will also offer a special lecture by Florida Tech doctoral candidate Nikia Rice on the effects of plastic ingestion on neonatal and post-hatchling sea turtles from 2:00-3:00pm.

Looking ahead to June and July, which is peak Loggerhead nesting season, guests can make their reservations now to participate in Turtle WalksView sea turtle sightings near our Melbourne Beach b&b.this summer! Conducted by the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, they offer nightly, guided group walks on the beach to observe nesting Loggerhead sea turtles. The walks are $15 per person, leave from Spessard Holland North park (1.5 mi south of the Inn) and are scheduled in June for 8:45pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday – Saturday. If you’re interested, please contact an Innkeeper – we’d love to make you a reservation!

Other Upcoming Events:

April 22, 7:00-9:00pm, Night Sounds Concert Series featuring St. Johns Wood, Sebastian Inlet State Park

April 29, 6:30-7:30pm, Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Loggerhead Sea Turtles Nesting in the Archie Carr Refuge, Barrier Island Center

April 30, 2:00-3:00pm, Help make origami hatchlings to represent the 1/1000 hatchling sea turtles that survive to adulthood with Sea Turtle Preservation Society’s Nini Conner, Barrier Island Center