The Sea Turtle Conservancy in partnership with the Town of Longboat Key will be hosting a lighting workshop on Longboat Key on Wednesday, April 5th at 1 p.m. in the Town Commission Chambers at Town Hall. The lighting workshop will be specifically geared towards the general public as part of the town’s public outreach and education for the upcoming sea turtle season. The workshop is free to the public.
Why Sea Turtles “Dig the Dark” – Reducing the Impact of Artificial Lighting
Sea turtles are one of Florida’s most unique and awe-inspiring inhabitants. Unfortunately, habitat degradation due to artificial lighting is one of the major hindrances to the recovery of sea turtle populations. Come and learn about the basics of sea turtle biology, examine the relationship between sea turtles and lighting, and find out why artificial lighting is so detrimental to both adult and hatchling turtles. You will also learn how to use the “Golden Rules” of lighting to make your own home turtle friendly.