Nighttime Turtle Walks
During the months of June and July, Friends of the Carr invites our donors, members and the general public to join us for an unforgettable evening on the sands of Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.
Our walks are held at 9pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays in June and July.
Guests are able to experience a nesting sea turtle lay her eggs, cover her nest, and return to the ocean. Florida's beaches, especially along the east central coast in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, provide nesting habitat for more nesting loggerhead turtles than any place in the Western Hemisphere and more green turtles than any place in North America.
Each walk starts with a brief presentation while our scouts search for loggerhead nests. When a nesting loggerhead is found, the scouts will radio one of our guides that there is a mother turtle ready for you to view.
In most cases, the group will reach the turtle while she is dropping eggs into her nest. The guides are permitted to remove sand behind the turtle to expose the eggs and use a red flashlight to illuminate them. When the mother turtle drops her last egg, she will cover the nest with sand and camouflage the nest by moving more sand. Attendees are often able to watch this and the sea turtle’s return to the sea. We cannot guarantee this experience on every walk, simply because it depends on timing and mother nature.
Without the generous support from our volunteers, the Barrier Island Sanctuary the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program our turtles walks would not be possible.