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 Walksthis 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