The Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program conducts daily sea turtle nesting surveys from March 1 - October 31. The entire coastline of Broward County from the northern border with Palm Beach County to the southern border with Miami-Dade County, excluding the beach at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park is covered.
Daily sea turtle surveys allow for monitoring associated with permitted beach cleaning, coastal protection projects, and special events on the beach. It is one of the most comprehensive sea turtle conservation programs in the state of Florida.
During the morning surveys accurate counts of the total number of nests laid, the number of false crawls, as well as turtle species are identified and recorded within the survey area. A secure marking device is placed at all nest sites, and in certain areas of the County nests are outfitted with cages for additional protection.
After the incubation period and emergence of hatchlings, the nests are excavated to get clutch data. Live hatchlings from inventoried nests or disorientation events are released at appropriate times and locations to insure maximum survival of released turtles. Hatchlings that emerge after 7AM are held (in dark, dry containers, at room temperature) for release until after 9PM on the day they emerged. If hatchlings are deemed not fit for release then they can be held in accordance with FWC guidelines for 2-3 days or until their fitness state has improved enough for release.
For additional information on the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program see the 2015 Technical Report.