Each year, thousands of families converge on Alabama’s white-sand beaches for fun in the sun, but there’s another family that makes its annual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of our shores – the endangered sea turtle. From July to October, these nests produce baby sea turtles make their way to the beaches where they hatched so many years ago to lay their own eggs.
Since 2003, an estimated 50,000+ sea turtles have hatched along our shores from Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Without the help of hundreds of Share the Beach volunteers, the newly hatched sea turtles may not find their way to the warm Gulf waters to embark on their journey.
As you can see from this announcement, the Share the Beach program had a new journey in 2018 as well when the Alabama Coastal Foundation (https://www.joinACF.org/) became the new home of Share the Beach! We ask that you take the time to learn more about our marine friends, and how you can recognize their nests, increase their chances of survival and support the volunteers who Share the Beach with them each year. Also, we hope that you will consider adopting a nest this season.
If you are a runner, we hope that you will register for the Sweetheart 5k and Sea Turtle Half Marathon taking place on Saturday, February 16 in Gulf Shores!