August 22: Sea Turtle Hatchling Presentation and Release

Come see Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program Staff give a 45 minute presentation - and then release rescued sea turtles and ensure a safer path the ocean ! This experience is very unique, and is a great way to see this Conservation Program at work !

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Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program requires a $10 Donation to receive a ticket to the event. THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE. You wil lneed the "Authorization Code" to purchase tickets.

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The ticket URL for THIS DATE ONLY is:

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Hatchling Facts:

Incubation of Loggerhead and Green nests take about 45-55 days. Leatherback eggs take a bit longer, reaching upwards of 70-80 days, sometimes longer.

After this period, the hatchlings emerge from the nest en masse and, using various environmental and instinctual cues, quickly migrate to the water's edge. If artificial lights are lighting the beach, the hatchlings can be disoriented, travel in the wrong direction, and possibly never make it to the water.

Once in the water, the hatchlings swim directly out to sea, facing a perilous struggle to survive to adulthood. The best scientific estimates available indicate that only one in 1,000 to 10,000 hatchlings will survive (anywhere from 20-50 years) to become an adult sea turtle.

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General Itinerary:

7:40pm arrive at Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography at NSU, 8000 N Ocean Dr

Dania Beach, FL 33004, Inside John U Lloyd State Park

8:00pm - Start the sea turtle lecture by one of the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program Staff

8:45ish - Finish presentation and have a chance for everyone to see the hatchlings that we have on site. These are individuals that were taken out of excavated nests on the morning survey.

9:00pm - 9:15 pm - Drive out of John U Lloyd State Park and head south on A1A about 2 miles to Green Street. Private parking is provided (free of charge) for the beach portion of the evening.

Once everyone is parked, we will walk to the beach and setup to release the hatchlings. The babies are given the opportunity to crawl down the beach and head out to the ocean for the start of their long journey!

We are usually done sometime between 9:30 and 10:15 depending on how many babies we have and how fast they move down the beach. However folks are free to leave at anytime after the release begins!

 

**** Additional rules/procedures will be discussed on site. ****

 

All sea turtle activities carried out for this event are done in accordance with FWC Marine Turtle Guidelines and are conducted by authorized personnel under FWC MTP-15-214.

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Please read the ticket link page in its entirety !

Thank you.