Turtle Nesting Program

Three of the seven species of marine turtles nest on the beaches in Northeast Florida: the Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), the Atlantic Green (Chelonia mydas) and Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) all of which are designated as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Marine turtle nesting surveys are permitted through a cooperative agreement between Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Surveys are conducted from April 1st to October 31st collecting nesting and hatching data. The data collected from this program is shared with the State of Florida’s State Nesting Beach Program (SNBS) and Index Nesting Beach (INBS) Programs facilitating a statewide understanding of total sea turtle nesting abundance and trends.

Eastman Environmental directly supports the North Florida Marine Turtle Consortium which represents 5 nesting beaches: Crescent Beach, Mickler’s Landing, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and Vilano Beach, covering nearly 20 miles (32 kilometers) of coastline in northeast Florida.

For more information and data on turtle nesting visit:

Crescent Beach:
Guana River South:
Guana Tolomato Matanzas NERR:
Mickler’s Landing:
Vilano Beach: