sea turtles

Turtle monitors report mixed results

Turtle monitors report mixed results

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: […]

Turtle heroes pull “Mac” from the surf

Turtle heroes pull “Mac” from the surf

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 […]

One nest added, two more lost

One nest added, two more lost

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 […]

Flashlights keeping sea turtles away

Flashlights keeping sea turtles away

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, […]

Ghost crab hunting no fun for sea turtles

Ghost crab hunting no fun for sea turtles

In this issue of Navarre Press, our reporter Jamie Gentry visited Navarre Beach after dark and what she found was shocking. When she arrived, predominantly on the west side of the pier in front of the condos, hundreds of people were out with bright flashlights looking for ghost crabs. The crabs respond to the beam […]

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

Nest count dismays turtle protectors

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 […]

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

Chamber Foundation funds dune protection signs

In an attempt to better protect natural sand dunes, the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation has agreed to donate $1,200 of signage to Santa Rosa County. The signs will replace a handful of metal stake boards posted along the northern edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Read the full article in the Sept. […]

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Red tide one of the worst in 60-plus years

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Scientist Kate Hubbard is asked often just how bad the current Red Tide plaguing Southwest Florida really is. In some ways, it seems like the worst ever. The dead sea life, including manatees, dolphins and sea turtles, as well as the declaration of a state of emergency by Governor Rick […]

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Since sea turtle nesting season began May 1, Navarre Beach has only seen three turtle nests, a far cry from the nearly record-breaking 19 nests that were found last year. The nesting number is also lower than the average for the past decade. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Turtles rescued

Turtles rescued

Jim Holmes, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Patrol permitted personnel, assisted in the rescue of three turtles hooked from the Navarre Beach fishing pier Monday, May 28. In all, four were rescued that day. All four were transferred to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. center for medical care. As seen in the May 31 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Pier Guys bring smiles, rescue sea turtles

Pier Guys bring smiles, rescue sea turtles

Zipping along in golf carts, talking with schoolchildren, teaching tourists how to cast a line or even rescuing endangered sea turtles, Navarre Beach Fishing Pier has a few new “pier guys” on the payroll. Self-titled Lead Pier Guy Thomas Mintz heads up the new team. He started in the position in March and said he […]

Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season gets underway

Sea turtle nesting season on Navarre Beach began this month, with the first mother turtles expected to arrive by the start of June. Turtle Patroller Cathy Holmes said there are some easy ways for beachgoers to help protect the threatened and endangered species that make their way onto the beach each year to lay eggs. […]

Gulf Islands’ first sea turtle nest spotted

Gulf Islands’ first sea turtle nest spotted

Biologists at Gulf Islands National Seashore discovered the first sea turtle nest of the season Wednesday morning at Gulf Islands National Seashore. It has been identified as a loggerhead sea turtle. Sea turtle nesting season occurs between May 1 and October 31 each year along gulf coast beaches. In honor of the start of turtle […]

Scout’s project aims to protect wildlife from fishing line

Scout’s project aims to protect wildlife from fishing line

Fishing line and other monofilaments kill and injure thousands of marine animals each year, and along Navarre Beach these materials frequently impact the health of local species, especially sea turtles. Navarre Boy Scout Shea Dixon, 15, has set out to help reduce that impact. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of Navarre […]

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

New protocol will be followed this season when it comes to sea turtles at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The seashore is modifying its handling of the turtles to conform to the protocol followed by the state, in which less labor-intensive and less intrusive efforts are used when dealing with nests. “Our practices have not aligned […]

Earth Day brings conservation conversations to Navarre Beach

Earth Day brings conservation conversations to Navarre Beach

Bristol Bernard, 5, loves sea turtles. Though she lives in the landlocked town of Mankato, Minnesota, Bristol’s parents say she is obsessed with these ancient, sea-dwelling reptiles. Read the full article in the April 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press […]

Sand tilling to start Monday on Navarre Beach

Sand tilling to start Monday on Navarre Beach

Sand tilling will take place beginning Mar. 19 on Navarre Beach. Tilling is required to lessen the impact of compacted sand on sea turtle nesting and hatching activities. Turtles prefer soft sand for digging nests and the 2018 nesting season begins May 1 for the gulf coast. Operations will be conducted between dawn and dusk. […]

Turtle center shell-a-brates Christmas season

Turtle center shell-a-brates Christmas season

The weather outside is frightful, but inside the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) it was delightful Saturday as children played and learned at the first ever Sea Turtle Shell-a-bration. Children visiting the center were greeted by a variety of activities as well as wildlife. Dozens of salt dough sea turtle ornaments were laid […]

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Reptiles drawn back to pier despite multiple run-ins with fishing hooks

Okra, a juvenile green sea turtle, has had a rough year. After sustaining serious head trauma that exposed part of her skull, Okra ended up on the end of a fisherman’s line on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The hook was caught in her right shoulder. Fortunately, she was rescued and sent to the Gulfarium […]

FWC officer honored for efforts to protect sea turtles

FWC officer honored for efforts to protect sea turtles

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Phil Stone grew up in North Dakota, where summers are beautiful but winters are a downright brutal mixture of bone-chilling wind, air that makes your face hurt and up to 50 inches of snow a year. A friend of his who already lived in Florida inspired him to […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Sea Turtle Extravaganza Learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos and more on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org.   Navarre Fishing Rodeo The Navarre Chamber Foundation is excited to once […]

Sea turtles rescued in Navarre make full recovery

Sea turtles rescued in Navarre make full recovery

Eight sea turtles made their scuttle to freedom Tuesday on beaches at Fort Pickens as the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center released the rehabilitated reptiles back into the Gulf of Mexico. These turtles had sustained a variety of injuries, largely from fishing hooks. Five of the eight were rescued off the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Three others […]

Turtle hatching season nears record success

Turtle hatching season nears record success

Despite less than perfect odds, Navarre Beach is having a nearly record-setting sea turtle nesting and hatching season as hundreds of hatchlings have escaped to the Gulf of Mexico. There have been 19 sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach this year. The record is 20, said turtle patroller Cinnamon Holderman. Two of those nests were […]

Sea Turtle Baby Shower

Spend a family friendly afternoon of games, activities, entertainment to educate and celebrate Sea Turtles. Take the Sea Turtle Friendly Oath and meet Meg the Mermaid. There is no entry fee. Event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Landshark Landing, 165 Fort Pickens Rd. For more information, call 850-916-6971.

Reef expansion set to begin

Reef expansion set to begin

Navarre Beach’s gulf side artificial snorkel reef will triple in size by as early as September. Santa Rosa County Commissioners selected Walter Marine July 27 to place 60 new artificial reef structures on both sides of the existing reef as part of a $1.4 million National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) grant. The $210,900 cost for […]

Turtle Center celebrates a big supporter

Turtle Center celebrates a big supporter

When Zoey Hodges, 7, studied sea turtles in class this year at St Luke’s Episcopal School in Baton Rouge, it made a big impression on the second grader. “She came home with lots of questions,” mom, Kathryn Hodges, said. “Most of all, she wanted to know what she could do to help them survive.” Zoey […]

Storm damages sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach

Storm damages sea turtle nests on Navarre Beach

Tropical Storm Cindy may have claimed quite a few victims along Navarre Beach as the storm surge washed wave after wave over the area’s sea turtle nests. Cathy Holmes of the Sea Turtle Patrol said her organization has been getting some really bad news. “We have seven nests that were totally underwater for 48 to […]

Clear bottom kayak provides unique view

Clear bottom kayak provides unique view

Dozens of visitors paddled out to the Navarre Beach Gulf side artificial reef Saturday as part of Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s Clear Bottom Kayak Reef Tours. Mike Sandler of the Marine Sanctuary said this year’s first tours were a huge success. “It was a big success. There were a lot of people out there and […]