It's Sea Turtle Nesting Season!
March through to October is prime time for Sea Turtles to lay their eggs in Florida.
I was lucky enough to swim alongside two of these beautiful creatures while I was on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia recently and they are so beautiful I want to make sure we are doing all that we can to protect them wherever we are.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, property owners who live along nesting beaches should follow these guidelines:
- Keep it low – fixtures must be mounted as low as possible and bulbs must produce the lowest wattage
- Keep it long – lamps/bulbs must produce only long-wavelength light — 560 nanometers or greater — which is amber, orange, or red
- Keep it shielded – fixtures must be completely downward directed and must be able to shield the bulb, lamp, or glowing lens from the beach
- Cities are asking residents to turn their lights off after 9 p.m. so beaches can remain dark. If residents can see their shadow while standing on the beach on a moonless night, then there is too much light behind them and they must get new light fixtures that are compliant.
Check out this video that explains more.