We are excited to announce that this year we applied and were awarded funding through the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate Grant Program. The money will go towards three key pieces of equipment to operate our turtle walks: laptop computer, night vision monocular and projection screen. The night vision monocular will allow us to observe turtles from a distance and accurately determine their nesting stage as well as minimize the chance of disturbing them. The monocular will also have the capability to record video of the nesting event without using any artificial light. We will be sure to post the first turtle walk night-vision video on our website!
So, exactly when will that be? Our turtle walks will begin on June 12th and 13th (Friday and Saturday). There will be 8 turtle walks this year out of the Indian River Shores Community Center every other week from June 12th through July 25th. Turtle walk reservations will go live beginning May 2nd so check back with us in May and be sure to book early.