Members of NSB Turtle Trackers joined up with the New Smyrna Beach City Commission to unveil a new educational sign recently installed on 27th Avenue Beachfront Park (3701 S Atlantic Avenue).
The sign includes photos of different types of sea turtles and helpful tips on how to minimize the impact of human activity on their habitat during nesting season, which runs from May 1 to October 31.
“The 2019 nesting season has been a very busy one so far. The volunteers are on the beach before daylight every morning looking for new tracks, erecting protective barriers, and monitoring the existing ones. It’s hard and hot work but so very rewarding! We are, after all, protecting threatened and endangered species,” said NSB Turtle Trackers President Cathy Thompson.
Sea turtles and their habitats were largely unprotected until volunteers began monitoring and recording nesting activity in New Smyrna Beach under a government permit in the 1980s. Since then, the volunteer group organized under the New Smyrna Beach Marine Turtle Conservancy as the NSB Turtle Trackers in 2013. Today, they continue to patrol the beaches to protect the endangered species and promote public education on the topic.
Recently also installed near the New Smyrna Beach’s Flagler Avenue beach ramp is a second educational sign.
Please visit www.nsbturtles.org for more information about the NSB Turtle Trackers.