2013 Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Sea turtle nesting season in SE Florida begins on March 1st and ends on October 31st. LMC biologists monitor 9.8 miles of beach from south Jupiter Island through Juno Beach. This area marks one of the most important nesting beaches in the world for loggerhead sea turtles. In addition to the loggerhead, both leatherback and green turtles nest locally.
Each morning, at first light, LMC biologists hit the beach and document the sea turtle crawls and nests from the night before. If you live in the North Palm Beach area and frequent the beach, I’m sure you’ve seen sea turtle crawls and the stakes marking the nests covering our beaches. But, what you may not know is that those stakes only represent about 10% of the nests on the beach! Although only 10% of the nests are marked by a staked, the GPS coordinates for each one is recorded and monitored daily. In 2013 there was almost 13,000 nests in our survey area-if all were staked, it would not leave much room for beach goers.
2013 also marked a record year for green turtle nests in the state of Florida as well as on our beaches locally. Our team documented almost 4,700 nests! The previous record was 1,926 in 2010. For a more in-depth look at the 2013 sea turtle nesting season, see the above infographic.