Friends of the Carr Refuge conduct nesting sea turtle walks for organizations and groups on Saturday nights during June and July. A $15 donation per person is required to participate in these walks. Minimum age is seven years old. Participants will walk on the beach up to one half mile each way to and from the turtle.
Each walk starts with a presentation in the Barrier Island Center auditorium, While you are enjoying the presentation, our scouts will be searching for a nesting loggerhead sea turtle within a half mile of the beach access at nearby Bonsteel Park. When a nesting loggerhead is found, the scouts will send a radio message that the group should be led to the turtle.
In most cases, the group will reach the turtle while she is dropping eggs into her nest. We will remove sand behind the turtle to expose the eggs and use a red flashlight to illuminate them. When she drops last egg, she will cover the nest with sand and camouflage the nest by moving more sand. We will watch her during this process and while she returns to the sea.
Most 2014 walks were completed successfully by 11 PM. In a few cases, the nesting turtles were late and we were on the beach until a little after midnight. In rare cases (less than 5% in 2013 and 2014 on this beach), no nesting turtle was found between 9 PM and midnight.
If a nesting turtle is not found by midnight, we leave the beach.
NOTE: The June 27, 2015 turtle walk is being conducted for persons who have taken Florida Master Naturalist classes plus their families and close friends. If you have completed a Florida Master Naturalist module or are currently taking one, you are invited to register for this turtle walk. Bring your family and close friends.