Loggerhead sea turtle tracks and marked nest to be monitored by permitted patrol volunteers.

Amy Beach and Sandra Baker-Hinton volunteering with the Fort Clinch State Park Sea Turtle Patrol Team.

Amy educating children on Earth Day at Fort Clinch State Park. 

Marking a Sea Turtle nest to be monitored.

 Patroling the beach and found a nest to be marked. 

Amy excavating a nest and counting the eggs to determine how many were laid. 

Sea turtles have been

nesting on Florida’s

beaches for millions of

years. The five species of

sea turtles that can be

found swimming and

nesting in Florida are

the loggerhead, green,

leatherback, hawksbill, and kemp’s ridley.

  All sea turtles are endangered and protected under Florida state laws. It is illegal to touch, or harrass sea turtles.  

Example of the inside of a Sea Turtle Nest.

Female Sea Turtles use their back flippers to dig a hole that can be as deep as the length of your arm. It is sometimes described as an upsidedown light bulb. 

 After about 62 days, the eggs hatch and start crawling toward the top. They climb on each other untill they make it out and then start their journey to the ocean. They look for the light of the moon, trying to avoid predators, and any holes left behind  by beach goers.

Loggerhead Hatchling

Juvenile Green Sea Turtle