How You Can Help Save the Turtles
How Does Share the Beach Help Sea Turtles?
It protects and promotes the livelihood and habitat of sea turtles along the Alabama Coast. This program works to mitigate human-related impacts on these creatures, monitor nests and hatchlings, and promote the conservation of sea turtles in the state through public outreach education. During hatching season, May through October, hundreds of Share the Beach volunteers work to protect these sea turtles and ensure the safety of their nests. Share the Beach follows US Fish and Wildlife Service's protocols under the endangered species recovery permit. Those who volunteer to patrol the Beach, educate the public and school groups, conduct late-night observations, and assist with supply and equipment preparations.
Loggerhead, Kemp's ridley, and green turtles use our beaches as nesting grounds. Turtles return to the same beach where they were hatched to have their eggs, so the turtles that visit our beaches are Alabama Gulf Coast natives. From the time they arrive on land to lay eggs to the moment the hatchlings crawl toward the water, their survival is at risk. Sea turtles are an endangered species, so we all must do our part to protect them.
By doing these and supporting the efforts put forth by Share the Beach, you are increasing their chances of survival.
If you're a Gulf Shores or Orange Beach resident, you can volunteer with Share the Beach during the nesting season (May 1 through October 31). Visit our responsible tourism page to learn more ways to help sustainability efforts.