Beachfront Lighting: Education, Outreach and Materials

Traveling educational displays

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Each traveling display is three-sided with a different “good lighting practice” highlighted on each side.

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?

STC is in the process of refurbishing our lighting displays. The displays will be available to be rented in early 2020.

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 ashley@conserveturtles.org.

 

Lighting workshops for code enforcement personnel

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.

Lighting Project Manager Rachel Tighe presents STC’s lighting workshop in Brevard County.

 

***UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus, STC has transitioned its lighting workshops to online webinars. Upcoming webinar dates and times are included below. ***

May 28, 2020
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Boca Raton Area (Palm Beach and Broward Counties)

June 2, 2020
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Melbourne Beach Area (Brevard and Indian River Counties)

June 9, 2020
Clearwater Area (Pinellas County)

June 16, 2020
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Holmes Beach Area (Manatee and Sarasota Counties)

June 23, 2020
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jacksonville Beach Area (Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties)

July 1, 2020
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Islamorada Area (Monroe and Miami-Dade Counties)

 

If you have  questions about the workshops, please email:
Emily Asp (emily@conserveturtles.org)

 

Online Sea Turtle Lighting Workshop

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:

Part 1: Sea Turtle Biology
Part 2: The Laws Surrounding Sea Turtles and Lights
Part 3: The Best Practices for Managing Artificial Light

 

Educational Materials

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.

                             

If you live in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota,  Charlotte, Lee or Collier counties and are interested in retrofitting your beachfront property, call STC at 352-373-6441.