Final 2016 Saturday Turtle Walk *** July 23, 2016

  • 23 Jul 2016
  • 8:45 PM
  • 24 Jul 2016
  • 1:00 AM
  • Brevard County Barrier Island Center
  • 20


  • Admit one person for a nesting turtle walk conducted by the Friends of the Carr Refuge. Valid only for July 23, 2016

Registration is closed

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 walks are completed successfully by 11 PM.  In a few cases, the nesting turtles are late and we will stay on the beach until a little after midnight.  In rare cases (less than 5% in 2015 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. 

Loggerhead on beach

Our Mission Statement:  “To promote the conservation of sea turtles and natural resources of the Archie Carr NWR and engage in such educational, scientific partnership and civic activities as will support the mission of the refuge.”

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