As of August 17, 2010, 191 sea turtle nests have been marked on Amelia Island, Florida (almost all are loggerhead nests). It’s an unusually high number of nests, more than double last year’s season. Sea turtle nesting season runs from May through October in Florida. Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch volunteers monitor the nests and perform excavations around 60 days later. The public is invited to watch and learn about this process that allows gathering of data and also “frees” any hatchlings still alive who weren’t able to dig themselves out and head to the sea. Check the Sea Turtle Watch website for further information and excavation schedule.