We’re entering a time of hope! Many are optimistic that we’re hitting the exit ramp from a worrisome pandemic and merging into brighter times. One occurrence, however, that we are grateful to see return time and time again is sea turtle nesting season here in Juno Beach, FL.
Last year, Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) marine biologists recorded its third-highest nesting season since the Center began surveying nests in the 1980s. The number of sea turtle nests on the 9.5-mile monitored beach totaled to 16,935. But measures to protect local wildlife haven’t always been top-of-mind, in fact, that’s how LMC started its story.
Our fearless founder, Eleanor Fletcher, was one of the first to scour Juno Beach and ward off poachers. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Eleanor had her run-ins with smugglers who would steal sea turtle eggs for harvest, jewelry, and accessories or merely profit. However, she was ahead of her time in respecting marine life well before the Endangered Species Act came into effect.
Despite enacted laws and conservation initatives, there are still some that could be refreshed on best practices for nesting season. We are confident that YOU know the ins and outs of what makes a successful nesting season. But if you need a conversation starter, we have just the items to give your neighbors a friendly nudge to respect the locals.
Respect the Locals Merchandise
Hatchling Acrylic Tumbler with Sustainable Straw: We all have that one friend who constantly has a drink in tow! Gift them this 16 oz. double-wall acrylic tumbler made for hot or cold beverages. In addition to its eponymous message, its reusability makes it is perfect to protect hatchlings after they go out into the ocean. In fact, our team has recorded that 100% of post hatchlings that enter our hospital have consumed some form of microplastics. Therefore, with this reusable tumbler, you’re giving them something to sip on and support as they reduce their plastic use.
Luggage Tag: Catch the attention of another jetsetter! This luggage tag not only easily separates your bags from the rest, but can lead to interesting talks in between connecting flights. Proudly share how you live near one of the most densely nested sea turtles sites in the world and why it matters to protect it. Even suggest other travelers to pay a visit to South Florida for the many experiences our Center has to offer.
‘Respect the Locals’ Ladies Tank Top: Summer months are going to easily climb into 90 degrees. It’s a no-brainer to purchase this tank top for the sake of staying comfortable in South Florida heat. But it’s also a good call-to-action, whether you’re sporting it at your Orange Theory workout, grocery shopping, or using it as a bathing suit cover up on our beaches. The tank top comes in charcoal or shiraz and is made of 65% polyester and 35% cotton for a comfortable fit!
Hatchling Patch: Here’s a ‘respect the locals’ item that gives you full creative license! Have a hole in one of your outfits? Use this patch to hide any damaged or torn spots. Or go a little retro with a denim jacket full of patches that shows off your ranging interests, such as sea turtle conservation. Your kids can also deck out their school backpacks with these trendy patches for their friends to see. This patch includes an iron on kit with instructions. After applying it can be machine washed on a gentle cycle. Measures 2.5″ x 3.75” to accommodate most accessories or wardrobe items.
Wooden Ornament: We’re nearly halfway through the year, and soon enough, we’ll be finding ourselves close to the holidays again. Collect more ornaments in advance to don your Christmas tree with a new 2021 wooden ornament. Ditch glitter-coated or plastic-made ornaments, and instead, turn to more eco-friendly ornaments that can biodegrade once they’re thrown away. Also, as a little bonus – consider purchasing the shoreline design as a keychain for one of your sweet stocking stuffers.
Protecting sea turtles will always be in season! Shop the ‘respect the locals’ line and help spread the message for another prosperous season for nesting mothers and our researchers.
Also, we ask that you remain vigilant as the first set of hatchlings begin to emerge. Please call FWC (888-404-3922 or *FWC) regarding any sick, injured or disoriented sea turtles or hatchlings. Transport any sick, injured or disoriented hatchlings in a bucket with damp sand and no water to LMC’s 24-hour drop-off cooler located outside of the front entrance of the Center.
*All purchases made through Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s retail operations directly support sea turtle and ocean conservation. However, the Choice Matters sustainable commerce program takes this one step further. The program focuses on highlighting items in one of three categories (Made in the USA, Reduced Waste, or Responsible Sourcing), as well as using sustainable packaging to ship orders. Learn more at Choice Matters.