As the calendar turns to September, it’s a surprise to find a new sea turtle nest. Instead, mostly happening this time of year is the emergence of hatchlings.
The number of Amelia Island sea turtle nests through June 30, 2019 has shattered the previous nesting record set back in 2016 for the same time period through June, and by quite a lot.
The Wild Amelia Nature Festival features a sea turtle release at Fernandina’s Main Beach. The centerpiece event is the Eco-Expo at Rec Center. Plus fun eco tours at various venues including Egans Greenway, boat cruises on the river, and kayaking adventures.
Attend a turtle dig during the summer. Nest excavations are narrated by a volunteer, very educational for the young and old alike, and a great coastal nature experience worth attending!
If Amelia Island’s sea turtle nesting trend continues throughout the season, 2016 may be a record breaker for this northeast Florida barrier island.
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 Wild Amelia Nature Festival happens in May each year and kicks off with a release of rehabbed sea turtles at Main Beach in Fernandina.
Visitors of the night, sea turtles land on Amelia Island to deposit eggs and venture back to sea. The first two sea turtle nests of the 2014 season were rare leatherbacks, the world’s largest turtle.