One of the best educational experiences at the beach on Amelia Island is observing a sea turtle nest excavation. Watch this video for a glimpse of what you might see during these digs.
The threatened GOPHER TORTOISE has a presence in all 67 Florida counties, dwelling in dunes and upland habitat “including forests, pastures and yards.”
The Wild Amelia Nature Festival happens in May each year and kicks off with a release of rehabbed sea turtles at Main Beach in Fernandina.
The Pilgrims of New England survived their first few winters by living on native American groundnut, prized by early American settlers. They were deemed so valuable to the colonists that if an Indian dug Groundnuts on English land, they would be “set in stocks, and for a second offense, whipped.”
The horseshoe crabs’ blue blood has been called a “medical miracle,” and the “biomedical equivalent of gold.” One quart of horseshoe crab blood is reportedly worth $15,000.
Besides being an ideal place to observe birds and alligators, take a wildflower walk in Egans Greenway.