Screening turtle nests keeps coyotes out
Sea turtle nesting is heating up on islands. The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s sea turtle volunteers are on the beaches at dawn every morning finding nests from the night before. When coyotes came to the islands in 2011, they began predating 60 percent of the nests. In response, SCCF began screening each nest and now predation is down to below 15 percent. The coyotes cannot dig down to the eggs, but the babies can crawl out when the nest hatches. Volunteers for the monitoring program hold a Turtle Tracks program every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the SCCF Nature Center, at 3333 Sanibel Captiva Road. The cost is $5 per adult. For information, call 239-472-2329.