The nesting season in Escambia County starts May 1, but can begin as early as March. Nesting is typically over in October, with the peak of the season occurring between June and July. The majority of sea turtle nests in Escambia County are Loggerheads, although green, leatherback and Kemp's Ridley turtles can be occasionally be found nesting on the area's beaches.
Disorientation occur when the hatchlings are led away from the gulf due to excess artificial lights on the beach. Hatchlings rely on natural, celestial light of the sun,moon and stars reflecting off the water to orient themselves. Bright artificial lights confuse the hatchlings and lead them in the wrong direction. Hatchlings who don't find their way to the water shortly after hatching are in danger of starvation, dehydration and predation. Excess artificial lights can lead hatchlings into parking lots, backyards, swimming pool and busy roadways.
Data Provided by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Park Service (2016)