2021 Sea Turtle Nesting Season began in May. The beaches of St. Johns County are home to several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles. St. Johns County officials are asking residents, visitors, and businesses to help protect natural habitat by observing all nesting season laws and regulations.
Nesting Season Rules – To comply with regulations that protect the turtles, beach driving and lighting rules are in effect to October 31. Do your part to help protect this endangered species by picking up trash, limiting flashlight use, filling in holes, and keeping your distance. If you see an animal in distress, please call the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office at 904.824.8304.
All beachfront properties are required to reduce the impact of interior and exterior lighting which may impact nesting sea turtles. Volunteer Opportunities and Share the Beach. Sea Turtle and Beach Steward Program Volunteers Needed – St. Johns County is seeking volunteers to survey wrack lines to recover stranded washback sea turtles and conduct beach cleanups from August through November. Be a Sea Turtle Washback Program Volunteer. For more information please call 904-209-0331.