Be a Volunteer On Our Beach

Frequently, people offer to join our group us as a volunteer.  Because we have more willing volunteers than we have sections of beach, first time volunteers start out as substitutes for the first couple of years, then move up to regular walking routes as they become available.  Our next organizational and sign-up meeting will be in early April.   

On April 4th at 6:00 pm at the Fernandina Beach Police Department Community Room (1525 Lime Street), we will hold our 2024 season organizational meeting and training and accept applications for new volunteers.

So, what do our volunteers do?

Our volunteers each patrol a section of beach that is approximately 1 mile in length one day a week, and commit to walking that section at daybreak (civil twilight).  New volunteers have an opportunity to become a substitute.  During turtle season (May 1 - August 31), our volunteers are usually the first ones on the beach each morning.  We cover the island from the south boundary of Ft. Clinch State Park to the north boundary of Amelia Island State Park on the south end.  The entire length is approximately 11.5 miles. If you are not and early riser, this is not the job for you. Daybreak is the best time to see turtle crawls clearly. Throughout the summer months, regular volunteers may go on vacation.  In that event, we use substitutes to fill in.  Some people prefer to substitute, as they are able to see different sections of the beach on different days.

If you are one of our volunteers, here is a reminder of the requirements and guidelines that you follow:   Volunteer Requirements & Guidelines 

For more information on what to look for, see oushort volunteer training presentation.

   

Purchase a Sea Turtle License Plate?

If you are getting a new license plate, select the attractive sea turtle plate featuring a loggerhead hatchling crawling towards the surf.  If it is time to renew, make the switch to a sea turtle plate for your vehicle.  The sea turtle license plate is available in Florida through your local tax collectors office or county tag agency.

The sea turtle license plate was first offered for sale in February of 1998 and quickly became one of the most popular specialty plates in Florida.  The sea turtle plate is also one of the least expensive specialty plates in Florida.

Proceeds generated by sales of the turtle plate go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Marine Turtle Protection Program to support research and management activities related to Florida's sea turtles. In addition, a portion of the revenue is distributed through the competitive Sea Turtle Grant Program to support turtle projects in the areas of research, education, and conservation.
The Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, Inc. directly benefits from the purchase of the sea turtle license plate.   

  

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