Meet Our Nesting Neighbors

UPDATE: Click here to download the most current Additional Guidelines due to COVID-19 for Alabama Coastal Foundation’s Share the Beach Program.

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 67,000+ 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 ( became the new home! 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. Enrollment for new volunteers for the 2020 season is now open! Download and read the Alabama Sea Turtle Conservation Manual

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Sea Turtle Season starts on May 1st!

The Amazing Sea Turtle
The Journey Begins
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Life at Sea
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Our turtles sure do like to keep us guessing when it comes to nesting locations! ... See MoreSee Less

Do you own beachfront or beach adjacent property along the AL Gulf Coast? Do you rent or know people who do? Then these are for you!
Our refrigerator magnets are an eye-catching 8.5"x5.5" and will help your guests be turtle-friendly while enjoying their time on our beaches. At only $1 each, they are also very economical!
Our new yard signs are double-sided 18"x24" corrugated plastic and feature bold, simple statements about keeping our beaches safe and enjoyable for everyone. These are only $10 each, include the wire stake, and will be hand-delivered.
To purchase, visit If you are a large rental agency and are interested in ordering a large quantity, please email
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We would like to thank Keep Alabama Beautiful for donating trash cleanup supplies for our volunteers! Even though we patrol in the morning looking for sea turtle nests, our volunteers also pick up trash that they find along the way, doing their part to keep our beaches clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy!
#sharethebeach #AlabamaSeaTurtles #keepalabamabeautiful #KeepOurBeachesBeautiful
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Some people go out to enjoy our coastal environment. Other people think it is there for them to enjoy. Do you know the difference?
Leaving this huge setup on our beaches is not only an eyesore for others visiting, but poses a serious obstruction and entanglement threat to our sea turtles. Enjoy your time on the beach, but bring your items in at the end of each day so others can enjoy it, too. #sharethebeach #AlabamaSeaTurtles #cleandarkflat #leaveonlyfootprints
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Our Dauphin Island team got another nest this morning, too! Share the Beach volunteers are working hard for our sea turtles! ... See MoreSee Less