Have you ever held a loggerhead sea turtle shell?

Or watched a new born hatchling make take its first steps into the Gulf? Plan to this summer with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch's Turtle Talks! Every Tuesday during the months of June and July Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers give fun and interactive talks. With over 3 decades of experience and more than 250,000 hatchlings, these pros will give you the scoop on everything you need to know about sea turtle and shorebird conservation and turtle season.

During Turtle Talks you will hear about upcoming Nest Excavation Tours where you might have the chance to see turtle hatchlings make their first journey to the Gulf! You even have the chance to adopt a nest or hatchling or simply make a donation at islandturtlewatch.com/get-involved.

Turtle season is a fun, magical time in the Bradenton Area. Join in on all of the turtle related excitement on Anna Maria Island early and often. You and the turtles will be glad you did.

10 Turtle Tips

1. If you come across an unmarked turtle nest, don’t touch it. Instead, contact Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch at 941-778-5638 or 248-982-5500.

2. Always clean up your area after your trip to the beach. Even the smallest of trash can harm sea turtle hatchlings.

3. Hatchlings use the moonlight as a guide to find the water. So, make sure your lights aren’t visible from the beach or the hatchlings could mistake it for moonlight.

4. If you’re using a flashlight on the beach at night, add a red filter so that you don’t disorient nearby turtles.

5. Turn off the flash on your camera. The natural light is already perfect for pictures and it doesn’t disturb the turtles.

6. If you live on the beach, keep all seaward windows covered and turn off any lighting that can be seen from the beach.

7. Always keep an eye out for hatchlings on the beach to avoiding stepping on them.

8. Take down beach chairs, toys and anything that might hinder the hatchlings’ path to the shore.

9. You can learn more about sea turtles and their hatchlings at an interactive and fun Turtle Talk. Visit www.islandturtlewatch.com/get-involved/tours to learn more.

10. Most importantly, have fun during turtle season. It’s an key part of the ecosystem in Anna Maria Island but it’s also one of the most exciting times of the year. Enjoy it!

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