With funding from the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Program, the Sea Turtle Conservancy created four traveling displays to educate residents and visitors about sea turtle lighting. Each side of the display explains one of the three golden rules to turtle friendly lighting and contains examples of real sea turtle friendly fixtures. The display also comes with a TV screen equipped with an interactive video for visitors to watch.
Where are the displays now?
-Cocoa Beach County Club, Brevard County
-Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota County
-Sanibel Public Library, Lee County
How can an organization borrow a display?
Organizations can borrow the lighting displays for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 1 year. If you would like to borrow a display or would like more information, please email email@example.com.
STC has developed a lighting workshop program for city and county code enforcement and planning professionals. This workshop informs code enforcement personnel about how artificial light impacts turtles, the current ordinances and regulations on beachfront lighting, and how to recognize poor beachfront lighting. This particular audience is important because it has the authority to enforce the laws that are already in place, so educating them about sea turtle biology and lighting techniques is especially important.
The workshop consists of three 45-minute sections in a classroom and an interactive exercise that requires attendees to use their newfound sea turtle lighting knowledge in a practical way.
***UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus, STC has transitioned its lighting workshops to free online webinars. If you would like to request a webinar for code enforcement personnel in your area, email firstname.lastname@example.org ***
STC recognizes that not all code enforcement officers and building professionals can attend our in-person sea turtle lighting workshops. After listening to requests from code enforcement officers across the state of Florida, STC has developed a condensed, online version of the lighting workshop, which can be found on our YouTube channel. Here are the three sections:
Click on the images below to download a flyer about beach flashlights, a brochure about STC’s lighting program, a guide about sea turtle friendly fixtures and bulbs, or a general brochure about the problem of sea turtles and artificial light.