Adopt a Beach Program
Sign up today to sponsor a pre-defined section of beach in front of your condo/community during the 2017 sea turtle and shorebird nesting season*
All adopting organizations are expected to help promote beach stewardship by following all beach and lighting code regulations and keeping the coast clean and trash-free.
In December, all participants will receive:
- Reports detailing the results of every sea turtle and shorebird nest laid on the adopted beach, rare bird sightings, and the history of banded birds seen on the condo’s beachfront. Certificates highlighting participation in the program, including the total number of nests protected.
- Recognition for supporting the program in an ad published in the Island Sun.
- Thanks to an anonymous donor whose goal is to have all our beaches adopted, all donations to the Adopt-A-Beach program will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application!
The Adopt-A-Beach program is intended to foster feelings of pride as local residents and visitors begin to care for “their” beach. It gives people the opportunity to learn about and actively participate in protecting wildlife and conserving coastal resources on Sanibel.
As a participant in the Adopt-A-Beach Program, you should follow these sea turtle-friendly practices:
- Comply with Dark Skies Ordinance regulations. Disorientations are 100% preventable and it is our responsibility to ensure that these amazing creatures survive for future generations to enjoy.
- Turn off or shield lights along the beach. This prevents nesting females and hatchlings from getting confused and going toward lights on land instead of the sea, where they belong.
- Avoid using lights on the beach at night. If you must have light, use a red LED flashlight, adjust cell phone screens to dark mode, and turn off the flash on your camera.
- Remain at a distance from nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. It is illegal to harm, harass, or take sea turtles, their eggs, and hatchlings, including getting too close to a nesting female.
- Fill in holes along the beach at the end of the day so nesting sea turtles and hatchlings don’t fall in and get trapped at night.
- Remove chairs, canopies, boats, and other items from the beach at night because they block the movement of sea turtles and hatchlings.
- Collect and remove garbage along the beach. Doing so prevents sea turtles and wildlife from getting caught or ingesting trash that can have harmful consequences.
- Correctly dispose of fishing lines so it won’t entangle sea turtles and other animals.
Report sick, injured, entangled, or dead sea turtles to the SCCF Sea Turtle Hotline: 978-728-3663
* Participating in the SCCF Sea Turtle Program’s Adopt-A-Beach campaign does not imply or convey property rights to the beach you are helping to protect during nesting season.