Sea Turtle Nesting Season
May 1 to October 31
The Town has adopted new rules for Sea Turtle Conservation. Read the Sea Turtle Conservation Ordinance. Please review the rules to make sure your property is compliant.
To help these protected species survive, please remember to:
- Turn off unnecessary lights
- Make outside lights turtle friendly:
- Long wavelength, wildlife friendly bulbs
- Downward directed fixtures
- Low to the ground
- Fully shielded from beach view
- Block interior lights from beach view
- Use black out curtains
- Set an alarm to close the curtains at 9 p.m.
- Move interior lights away from windows
- Use 15% transmittance tinted “turtle” glass
- Clear the Path
- Remove beach furniture & other obstructions
- Fill in holes on the beach before leaving for the day
If you see a turtle on the beach, do not disturb it with lights or photos or noise. It is best to quietly back away and let her lay eggs and return to the ocean.
For local sea turtle news and more info on how you can help, visit the Turtle Time website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy turtle friendly bulbs? The Sea Turtle Conservancy provides a list of retailers: https://conserveturtles.org/beachfront-lighting-turtle-friendly-fixtures-lights/
How do I know if the fixture is and bulb is turtle friendly? FWC provides a Wildlife Lighting Certification to make it easy to determine. Look for the FWC Certification on the packaging. More information can be found on the FWC website:
Can I use yellow “bug lights” or yellow, orange, and red colored “party lights”? No. Although the bulbs color seems compliant, they are emitting short wavelength light that sea turtles are sensitive to, causing them to get disoriented.
My windows and sliders are 45 percent transmittance (turtle glass). Do I have to replace them with 15 percent transmittance tinted glass? Only new construction, alterations, and remodeling that includes changes to glass windows and doors are required to be 15 percent transmittance. This applies to the windows on the beachside as well as the windows on the perpendicular sides of the building.
Do I need curtains if I already have tinted turtle glass? Maybe. Usually, 45 percent transmittance is not enough to achieve compliance. Use black out curtains to shield interior lights from the beach.