‘Tis the season for turtle hatchlings, and Loggerhead Marinelife Center is celebrating with the launch of its Biologist Beach Walk program.
The guided walks—held Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in August and September at the Juno Beach center—offer visitors the chance to see live nest excavations and gain insight on the sea turtle hatching process.
“The goal is to provide guests with the opportunity to observe the efforts put forth by our research department to better understand the conservation issues surrounding sea turtle hatchlings both on the beach and at sea,” said Hannah Campbell, programs coordinator at Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
Guests can also opt to create their own data sheets as mementos of the experience.
While Campbell expects attendees to look forward to getting a first-hand look at the excavation process, she said just being able to share the information with the public is a highlight of the program.
After all, Loggerhead began the Biologist Beach Walk program after finding that guests often wanted to know more about researchers’ work on local beaches.
Online reservations for the program open July 1 at 10 a.m. Cost is $12, or $10 for Loggerhead Marinelife Center members. Walk-ins pay a flat rate of $15.
Check-in is at 6:30 a.m. and walks depart at 7 a.m. Attendance is limited to 15 people.
If no nests are ready for excavation on the day of a tour, guests are still able to enjoy beach ecology talks and tours of the Exhibit Hall.
Register now to reserve your spot here.
Sea turtle nesting season runs from March through October, and researchers are hoping for another record-breaking year on local beaches. To help do your part in protecting nesting sea turtles, read Loggerhead’s tips here.
(Photos courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center)