Meet Our Nesting Neighbors

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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!

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During the usual post-hatch assessment of one of our nests, a lone green sea turtle hatchling was released. What a treat for our volunteers!
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From our friends at the AL Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Remember, no matter how calm, docile, nice or non-threatening an animal may seem, they are still a wild animal and should be treated with respect and enjoyed from a distance. ... See MoreSee Less

One of our nests hatched last night! This is always something to celebrate, but even more so when we find out it's a Green sea turtle nest!! Greens are an extremely rare sight in Alabama, with only 3 documented nests in the past 8 years, including this one. We couldn't be happier, and hope for more visits in the future!

Remember, if you see a nesting sea turtle, turn out all lights (including cell phones and flashlights), stay at least 30 feet away, keep low and quiet, and call the turtle hotline at (866)SEA-TURTLE!

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Our West Beach team celebrated the start of our season by finding the very first nest. It was lost during Tropical Storm Cristobal a few weeks later, and West Beach has been a pretty quiet place since then.
78 days since their first nest, West Beach finally got their second nest of the season!! Congratulations to the whole team!
If you see a nesting sea turtle, remember to stay back, stay quiet, turn out all lights, and call (866)SEA-TURTLE.
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Many thanks to our friends at the Orange Beach Wildlife Center for helping one of our exhausted mamas last week!
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