The Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation welcomes returning headline sponsor Okaloosa Gas District to the 2019 fishing rodeo slated for Oct. 5-6 on Navarre Beach. Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its seventh year and is one stop on what will be the 16th annual Beaches to Woodlands Tour. […]
Digging up the nest of an endangered sea turtle is illegal, with the risk of up to $125,000 in fines and even federal prison time. But that is exactly what Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrollers were doing the evening of Aug. 20. It’s OK for them. They have a permit and a job to do: […]
Of the discarded items gathered off Navarre Beach each month by volunteers, plastic toys are a common problem. Purchased for family fun in the sun, the items can get lost or even intentionally left behind in the sand. Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]
Vacation does not necessarily translate to lounging anymore. Around the world, tourism trends have headed in a new direction with travelers rolling up their sleeves and working to mitigate their impact on the planet during their time away from the daily grind. Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. […]
Construction got underway last week for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s latest addition. The nonprofit conservation and environmental education center is in the process of adding an outdoor exhibit area at the eastern corner of the facility. Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]
Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center named four new Sea Turtle Heroes July 20 thanks to the rescue effort that likely saved the life of a loggerhead sea turtle along Navarre Beach. Kevin Wiethe said he and some friends were setting up their canopy on the beach for the day when they spotted something in […]
Despite continued impacts from people, Navarre Beach has added another sea turtle nest to its count after a loggerhead made the trek up the beach July 16. That brings this year’s total so far to eight. Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]
Walk over the boardwalks of Navarre Beach last week and the scene resembles Christmas Eve, with waves of flickering lights. After sundown, hundreds of visitors took to the shoreline with flashlights, head lamps and cellphones to light their way. While strolling moonlit beaches is part of vacationing, the bright lights pose a risk to wildlife, […]
Navarre Beach has had seven loggerhead sea turtle nests since the season started in May, said Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center founder Cathy Holmes. The season is off to a wobbly start but is an improvement over last year, when nesting numbers hit an all-time low. Read the full article in the July […]
Volunteers will meet in the main Navarre Beach parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion from 8 to 10 a.m. to help clean Navarre Beach. Limited supplies of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. For more information, visit navarrebeachseaturtles.org.
Rescuers followed the protocols April 24 on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, but sometimes the sea turtles do not cooperate. That was part of the problem when a visitor accidentally snagged the flipper of a 200-pound Loggerhead sea turtle off the pier. Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]
An endangered sea turtle hooked April 13 on Navarre Beach Fishing Pier is set to make a full recovery. This was the first rescue of the upcoming sea turtle nesting season, which officially starts May 1. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]
The Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has received a grant to install new and updated turtle-friendly lighting along the pier, in the store, in the restaurant, at volleyball courts and possibly in parking areas. The grant is awarded through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Read the full article in […]
The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center celebrated Earth Day Every Day last week, a free festival showcasing critters and conservation. Rick O’Conner of UF/IFAS Sea Grant program brought two terrapins, Ozzie and Shelly, to teach local children about native species. A yellow foot tortoise greets visitors at the Animal […]
The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center treated the public Saturday to a festival to celebrate children with stress-free fun for everyone during Seas the Day. The event honors the beginning of April, an important awareness month for children as it is Military Child Month, Autism Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Read […]
National conservation organization Turtleman Foundation has awarded a $6,500 grant to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) to purchase a new all-terrain vehicle. The center will use the UTV (utility task vehicle) in its conservation efforts for sea turtle nesting surveys, sea turtle strandings, research and education, said Animal Care Team member Alex […]
Volunteers of Navarre Beach’s month Trash Bash pulled more than 300 pounds of marine debris from the coastline Feb. 24, but mother nature may be to blame for a big chunk of that junk. Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center volunteer Nicole Stephens organizes Trash Bash. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]
The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center introduces shark school every other Saturday at 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Cost is $5 for adults and $15 per child. Fee covers the shark school chat, shark tooth treasure hunt, crafts and early entry through the center. Sign up at http://tiny.cc/sharkschool.
Focus for Santa Rosa County’s Tourist Development Council and tourism staff continues to be turned to improvements along the county’s biggest bed tax generator: Navarre Beach. Projects for the beach dominated the council’s agenda Feb. 7. Lifeguards need new towers The transformation keeps on coming for the Navarre Beach lifeguard program under recently hired Beach […]
Trash Bash volunteers meet in the main Navarre Beach parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion from 8-10 a.m. the last Saturday of every month. Limited supplies of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Don’t forget sunscreen and water. For more information, visit navarrebeachseaturtles.org.
In 2018, the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) made an impact on roughly 50,000 people from around the world, and a big part of that outreach has been done by one disabled juvenile green sea turtle named Sweet Pea. Cathy Holmes said that’s a pretty great accomplishment for her first year of work. […]
Roughly 130 people danced the night away Saturday at the Pensacola Beach Hilton at the first-ever, sold-out Sea Turtle Soiree in support of sea turtle conservation. The event was one of the largest fundraisers to date for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC), and it raked in thousands for the nonprofit’s marine conservation, […]
1. How it all started Following the face stuffing of Thanksgiving and subsequent shopping frenzy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, a day dedicated to giving back has been added to the holiday whirl. In 2012, the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact created #GivingTuesday. According to GivingTuesday.org, the idea was […]
Each month dozens and sometimes more than 100 volunteers gather along Navarre Beach to spend their Saturday morning picking up trash. They are working as part of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s efforts to eliminate marine debris from the beach. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]
Sweet Pea is coming home on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Sweet Pea ingested fishing line that caused internal damage which affects her ability to process food. Dr. Cavin of Gulf World Marine Institute started Sweet Pea on the Mazuri® Sea Turtle Gel Diet for Herbivorous Turtles. The veterinary staff injected the gel with barium and then […]
Sea creatures constructed from garbage and turtle-tastic crafts were a few of the activities at this year’s Sea Turtle Extravaganza hosted Saturday by the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC). Dozens of volunteers interacted with visitors, teaching about conservation of one of Navarre Beach’s most prominent creatures: sea turtles. Volunteer Kade Knighten, 12, said […]
The Sea Turtle Conservation Center invites you and your family to enjoy educational games, arts and crafts, and fun. This event will be held at the center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.
The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once again bring to anglers young and old, novice and expert, the Navarre Fishing Rodeo set to take place Oct. 6 and 7. This event has become a very popular and much anticipated fishing opportunity with participation growing each year. Benefiting: Heroes on the Water, Take A Kid […]
When researchers pulled Lou Lou, an adult loggerhead sea turtle, to the surface along Navarre Beach Sept. 19, they were surprised to find that she had a few pieces missing. But that did not stop her from becoming an integral part of conservation research for her species. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 […]
Sweet Pea is on a diet of sorts. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center’s resident green sea turtle is still receiving medical care at Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City for chronic gastrointestinal concerns. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to […]