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Nature Calls
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November 28, 2022


11/18/2022 3:45:00 PM
Record Year for Manasota Key Sea Turtle Nests
A nesting loggerhead turtle. Photo by Dana Power.
A nesting loggerhead turtle. Photo by Dana Power.
A pair of turtle patrollers are conducting a nest evaluation (aka inventory). This evaluation is a FWC permitted activity under permits MTP-085 and MTP-184. The patrollers are Pauline Logsdon (left) and Sue Prisco (right).  Photo by Wilma Katz.
A pair of turtle patrollers are conducting a nest evaluation (aka inventory). This evaluation is a FWC permitted activity under permits MTP-085 and MTP-184. The patrollers are Pauline Logsdon (left) and Sue Prisco (right).  Photo by Wilma Katz.
Submitted by the Coastal Wildlife Club


October 31 marked the “official” end of the sea turtle nesting/hatching season in Florida, but ... we’re not done yet! A few nests remain on the beaches of Manasota Key even now in early November. Coastal Wildlife Club (CWC) volunteers will continue to monitor those nests until the very last one has been inventoried.  “It’s possible that some of us might be patrolling into December!” said Carol McCoy speaking for the group.
CWC volunteers are responsible for daily monitoring of about 14 miles of beach in Charlotte and Sarasota counties. In 2022 we documented a total of 5,509 nests! Of those nests, 5,155 nests were Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), 353 Green (Chelonia mydas), and one Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii).  For loggerhead and green sea turtle nests on Manasota Key, these are record numbers! While these record nest numbers are certainly encouraging when considering the total population, it is important to note that each mother turtle lays several nests during the season and the number of turtles out there is less than the number of nests counted. Each turtle species still warrants protection.
Many people have inquired about Hurricane Ian’s impact on sea turtle nests here. While our community unfortunately suffered major destruction, most local beaches were not severely eroded, and most sea turtle nests had hatched prior to the storm.
The Coastal Wildlife Club thanks the public for their ongoing support and concern for the sea turtles that use our beaches for nesting habitat. You can continue helping turtles by reporting any struggling or dead sea turtles you encounter. Please report them to FWC Wildlife Alert 888•404•3922.
Every day during the six-month turtle season, Coastal Wildlife Club volunteers monitor the beaches on Manasota Key and part of Knight Island (about 14 miles). Learn more about the Coastal Wildlife Club at www.coastalwildlifeclub.org or Facebook: /CoastalWildlifeClub.





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