Hundreds of volunteers take time to “Share the Beach” with threatened and endangered sea turtles each year on the Alabama Gulf Coast. From searching for nests and assisting in hatchling success to public education and lessons to school groups, these volunteers are making a difference in the future of Alabama’s sea turtles and Alabama’s coastal ecosystem.
Each year hundreds of volunteers take their turn patrolling an assigned stretch of beach, being available for nighttime nest-sitting when hatching time is near, or just helping keep supplies and equipment ready. If you have questions or would like to learn more about Share the Beach or the sea turtle nesting season, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 251-965-NEST.
Download the Alabama Sea Turtle Conservation Manual. This manual was developed as a user-friendly guide to assist sea turtle volunteers and to ensure that consistent methods are incorporated into team training sessions across the Alabama Gulf Coast. While this guide does not substitute for training on the beach, it is a resource that both volunteers and team leaders will find useful as a reference. In addition, this manual will be considered U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protocol that must be followed by all volunteers under the Federal Endangered Species Recovery Permit held by Share the Beach. Also, Team Leaders can click here to download the Alabama Sea Turtle Disorientation Form and click here to download the Sea Turtle Obstructing Nesting Attempt Report Form.