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Mickler's Landing Turtle Patrol

Mickler's Landing Turtle Patrol is a team of dedicated volunteers who monitor 4.6 miles of beach surrounding Mickler's Landing in St. Johns County, Florida collecting data on sea turtle nests and working together with our community to protect the beach.

We had a nest for World Turtle Day today! 🐢🐢We've been busy on the beach each morning, and today's nest brings the count to 21 nests under our watch, 6 of which have been safely relocated for the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project. All activities are conducted under FWC marine turtle permits: 22-029A 22-111B#worldturtleday ... See MoreSee Less
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No new nests this morning, but here is a photo of yesterday's! So far, we are monitoring nine nests, four of which were relocated for the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project.While the relocation of a sea turtle nest is only conducted as a last resort, the Project crew will not enter the beach to begin work for the day until they receive the all clear from us that Project area is clear of all sea turtle activity.All activities conducted under FWC Permits:MTP-22-029AMTP-22-111B ... See MoreSee Less
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A three nest day for us is FAR from normal this early in the season, but we were ready! 🐢🐢🐢One nest was relocated for the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project and the other two remained where they were laid and were marked appropriately. We will continue to monitor all the nests until they hatch.We've received several wonderful and rightful concerns about the effect of the FEMA Dune Enhancement Project on our nesting female sea turtles. Rest assured, while the relocation of a sea turtle nest is only conducted as a last resort, the Project crew will not enter the beach to begin work for the day until they receive the all clear from the authorized marine turtle permit holders monitoring the beach for nests in the project area. Authorized activities conducted under FWC Permit #S:MTP-22-029MTP-22-111B ... See MoreSee Less
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Our first nest! This morning, our teams discovered our first nest of the 2022 season, in addition to a false crawl, both of which were from a Loggerhead turtle (though not necessarily the same one). 🐢The season begins! May the 4th be with us. #StarWarsDayFWC Permit #: MTP 22-029📷: Bob Fraser ... See MoreSee Less
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We had our first visitor last night! 🐢This female Loggerhead decided not to nest in this spot. When a female turtle comes out of the water and doesn’t lay eggs, we call it a ‘false crawl’.She probably tried to nest elsewhere last night, or she’ll try again tonight.🤞 ... See MoreSee Less
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Interesting Evaluation Today

No new nests today, but we evaluated a very unique emergence this morning. The first emergence on this nest occurred on Sunday out of a…

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