Anna Maria Island Turtle Nesting Season
May 1st – Oct 31st
*Please turn out all lights on the beach side at night. Hatching Turtles are attracted to the lights, mistaking them for moonlight*
For 28 years Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline. In almost three decades, we monitored 6539 turtle activities, protected 3534 nests, 29,694 turtle eggs, and watched 215,680 hatchlings depart to become a future generation of loggerheads that will return to the region as they reach maturity — in about 30 years.
The program includes staff, interns and volunteers who have documented the status of shoreline habitat and trends in sea turtle nesting. These data show that nesting by loggerhead turtles has declined, then rebounded in recent years. Nest destruction by both natural and non-indigenous predators has also increased during the same time period.
AMITW & Shorebird Monitoring coordinates with county, state and federal efforts to conserve sea turtles — particularly loggerheads., Manatee and Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.
Whether humans respect other species enough to protect sea turtles and their essential habitats will depend on the understanding developed by marine conservation biologists
If you find an unmarked nest call 941-778-5638 or 248-982-5500 with the exact location.