The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will host the program “Turtle Tracks” on May 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel.
Sanibel had one of the first sea turtle monitoring programs in the country. Learn about the life cycles and habits of the sea turtles and shorebirds that nest on the island’s beaches, SCCF’s monitoring activities and what the organization is doing to protect them.
From now through August, “Turtle Tracks” will be held every Thursday at the same time.
On April 15, SCCF volunteers began monitoring the beaches every morning of the week on Sanibel and Captiva with the kickoff of sea turtle nesting season. Each nest is staked, numbered, recorded and monitored until the eggs hatch. The nests are also screened to keep predators from reaching the eggs.
Loggerheads are the most abundant nesters, with green sea turtles nesting every other year.
The program is free for members and children and $5 for non-members.
For more information, contact the SCCF at 239-472-2329 or visit www.sccf.org.