It's time for our monthly sea turtle nesting count update and we have new cumulative numbers to share courtesy of our friends at Sebastian Inlet State Park! Ranger Addy tells us that "Sebastian Inlet has reached the “1,000 Club” in nests. As of July 31 we have 1,044 nests on our three mile stretch of beach. So exciting!"
The counts include beaches to the North and South of the inlet (Zones A-F), and as of July 31, survey teams have identified:
- 850 Loggerhead sea turtle nests
- 190 Green sea turtle nests
- 1 Leatherback sea turtle nest
The Sebastian Inlet District works in tandem with park officials and employs biologists from Ecological Associates, Inc. (EAI) to conduct daily surveys on the beaches just South of Sebastian Inlet – along a ½ mile stretch starting near McLarty Treasure Museum and continuing South to Ambersand beach access in Indian River County. District monitoring efforts began on March 1 and will continue through the end of the nesting season in October. To read more about our ongoing work with EAI, visit HERE.