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, During 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. The walks are conducted in accordance with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission permit requirements.
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 walks are completed successfully by 11 PM. In a few cases, the nesting turtles are late and we stay 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 July 11, 2015 walk is being conducted for residents of the Carr Refuge area from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso. If you live in this area or you attended the FOCR video premiere at the South Beaches Community Center, you are encouraged to register for this turtle walk.