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BREANNA ONDICH / JEKYLL ISLAND AUTHORITY

How your family can help the
turtles on Georgia beaches

ber, depending on turtle activity.
Nighttime walks leave June 1
through July 22, except for July 4.
They include a presentation and
guided tour and may run past midnight. Flashlights are not permitted.
Experience a dawn patrol when
you ride in a UTV with a GSTC biologist. Patrols start at 7 a.m. and may
last two to six hours as you look for
nests and help count eggs. See gstc.
jekyllisland.com for dates and times.
Ride with a biologist on a night
patrol from June through July. Rides
start at 8:45 p.m. and may last up to
five hours. Headlamps with sea-turJune 2018

* If you make sandcastles or dig
holes on the beach, fill them in
before you leave. Even big turtles
can get stuck or fall in.
* At the end of the day, take
your chairs, umbrellas, toys and
other items with you. They're
obstacles for wildlife, and turtles,
birds and other creatures can get
tangled in them.

HALEY WATKINS / SEA ISLAND

* Don't walk or climb on sand
dunes; that's where the turtles
nest. (Sand dunes also help
protect the islands from flooding
during hurricanes.)

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* If you see a turtle, nest or
hatchlings, stay back. Don't even
disturb turtle tracks, which help
researchers mark their nests and
identify their species.

1. A loggerhead turtle appears on the
beach on Jekyll Island at dawn in July 2016.

Plan a trip to the Golden
Isles during nesting and
hatching season, which
generally runs from
May to October, to learn
more about these
amazing reptiles.

2. Russ Regnery helps sea-turtle tech
Sarah Lundy locate an egg chamber on
Little Cumberland Island last year.
3. A sea-turtle advocate marks a loggerhead nest on Sea Island last May.
4. A loggerhead hatchling heads for the
surf at dawn on Sea Island in July 2016.

tle-friendly red lights are sometimes
available to loan to participants older
than 15.
Don't forget: While walks and
rides are held in peak season, turtles
don't always make an appearance.
See gstc.jekyllisland.com for details
and dates, which may vary, and
book early. Walks are capped at 25
participants and rides at four.
More online at www.georgiamagazine.org

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

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* Don't use flashlights or any
white lights at night, which can
confuse the turtles and prevent
them from reaching the ocean.

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