low-wavelength or wildlife friendly bulbs available from local retailers. Once the first nest of the year has been laid, Gulf Islands National Seashore provides car magnets to the public at no cost. These turtle-shaped magnets declare “Turtles Out Lights Out!” and are a way to make the public aware that nesting season has started and serve as a reminder to follow safe sea turtle lighting measures. “The magnets have been a fun way to get the message out,” said Kelly Irick, the National Resource Manager for Gulf Islands National Seashore. Echoing Robert Turpin’s message, Irick claims that sea turtles and beach goers can easily coexist. “Making minor adjustments to how you enjoy the beach
can have huge impacts for sea turtles,” she noted. “Plus, we have a lot of amazing volunteers and caring people in this community doing a lot of good.” Those who want to learn more about these incredible animals will have an opportunity to do so on August 10 from 11 am to 2 pm at the annual Sea Turtle Baby Shower hosted by LandShark Landing at Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach. The free, family-friendly event will not feature any live sea turtles but will provide fun and educational opportunities. “The Sea Turtle Baby Shower is a great day of fun for the entire family! We are glad to be a part of it. There are all types of activities, educational booths, animal
encounters, games, sea turtle obstacle courses, mermaids and lots of giveaways,” said Cathy Holmes, founder of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Center. See the Sea Turtle Baby Shower Facebook page for more information about the event.
If you spot an injured, stranded, deceased, or harassed sea turtle, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Sea Turtle Emergency Line at (888) 404-FWCC (3922).
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