Daytime Turtle Digs With the Friends of the Carr Refuge

Starts: August 2 @ 8:00AM     Ends: September 16 @ 9:00AM

This event starts with a brief presentation about the sea turtles of the Carr Refuge in the air-conditioned auditorium. Next, the group will head to the beach to observe the results of a nest excavation. The contents of a recently emerged nest will be dug up and displayed. Our volunteers will show what can be learned from excavating a nest, including the hatching success rate. When available (80% success record last year), hatchlings will be released to walk into the Atlantic Ocean.

Daytime Turtle Dig Schedule

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August 23 Turtle Dig - Admit One

Available For 3 More Days!

Donation for one person for Turtle Dig on August 23 , 2017

$5.00
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August 30 Turtle Dig - Admit One

Available For 10 More Days!

Donation for one person for Turtle Dig on August 30, 2017

$5.00
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September 9 Turtle Dig - Admit One

Available For 21 More Days!

Donation for one person for Turtle Dig on September 9, 2017

$5.00
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September 16 Turtle Dig - Adult Ticket

Available For 28 More Days!

Donation for one person for Turtle Dig on Saturday, September 16, 2017

$5.00

The 20.5 miles of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is considered the most important nesting beach in the United States for sea turtles. Even in this refuge for the turtles, many threats to their health and safety exist. Some residents do not obey the lighting ordinances and utilize bright lights that can disorient the adults and hatchlings. People continue to litter on these beaches; many turtles including hatchlings die from eating plastic.

This event starts with a brief presentation in the air-conditioned auditorium. Next, the group will head to the beach to observe the results of a nest excavation. The contents of a recently emerged nest will be dug up and displayed. Our volunteers will show what can be learned from excavating a nest, including the hatching success rate.

When available, hatchlings will be released for public viewing under a permit from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The releases include hatchlings found by the University of Central Florida research students as well as the occasional hatchlings found in the excavated nest. During 2016, hatchlings were available for more than 80% of the daytime walks.

Watching hatchlings walk to the Atlantic and swim away is a memorable experience for adults and children.

No charge for children under six accompanied by adults.

Event Location

Brevard County Barrier Island Center
8385 S Hwy A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

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