Beach Patrol Programs Return to Jekyll Island

Apr 10 2013

by Jekyll Island

Spring is in full swing, and on Jekyll Island, that means it’s time to hit the beach for another season of sea turtle nesting research.

Nesting season on Jekyll Island spreads from May to August, overlapping slightly with the July to October hatching season, and May 1 marks the first patrol of the summer. During patrols, staff at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and members of the AmeriCorps Research Team walk along Jekyll’s beaches every day, looking for signs of sea turtle nests and hatchlings. Once the sun sets, the research teams head back to the sandy shores for their night patrols, when they look for turtles to tag for future monitoring purposes.

During these months of nesting, the Sea Turtle Center staff offer guests several interactive programs to the general public to broaden their understanding of sea turtle nesting habits. While on Jekyll Island, you’ll certainly take advantage of these exciting and unique trips of discovery! This season, the Center will offer:

For more information on these programs, visit


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