The Escambia County Sea Turtle Conservation Program conducts daily sea turtle nesting surveys from March 1 through October 31. The entire coastline of Escambia County, including Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key, is covered.
Daily sea turtle surveys allow for monitoring associated with permitted beach cleaning, coastal protection projects and special events on the beach.
During the morning surveys, the location and accurate counts of the total number of nests laid, the number of false crawls, as well as turtle species are identified and recorded. A secure marking device is placed at all nest sites, and a clearly marked buffer prevents foot traffic.
After the incubation period and emergence of hatchlings, the nests are excavated to get clutch data. Live hatchlings from inventoried nests or disorientation events are released at appropriate times and locations to insure maximum survival of released turtles.