Nesting Sea Turtles of Franklin County
Apalachicola Environmental Education and Training Center
108 Island Drive
Eastpoint, FL 32328
Date and Time
- Wed, Jun 3, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Jun 10, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Jun 17, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Jun 24, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Jul 1, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Jul 8, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Jul 15, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Jul 22, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Jul 39, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Aug 5, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Aug 12, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Aug 19, 2 - 3 pm
- Wed, Aug 26, 2 - 3 pm
Sea turtle nesting season is here! During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both
St. George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for
their crawls. Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our
sandy shores. Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some
Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea.
Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to
emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.
Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George
Island State Park. At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce
started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.
Two interns will be working with Bruce this season. Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been
an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern
Michigan University, earning her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science.
Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988. Megan Lamb with NOAA's Environmental
Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing
the beach since 2009.