Through funding from the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Program, the Sea Turtle Conservancy conducted Project LIGHTS: Lighting Innovation for Greater Home and Turtle Safety as a public education initiative to dispel concerns about the safety and cost of sea turtle-friendly lights. Project LIGHTS uses four traveling educational displays to “show” coastal residents and visitors how sea turtle-friendly lights can provide safety for both humans and turtles, while also providing a substantial energy cost savings for home owners.
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, as well as an optional hour-and-a-half field component where STC staff takes the audience on the beach at night to show them how to identify problem lights.
STC’s lighting team received a Sea Turtle License Plate Grant in May 2017 to provide presentations to the public and workshops to local code enforcement about sea turtle lighting throughout the Florida peninsula. This is the first time that STC will be presenting around the entire state, which will help to educate many coastal communities near important sea turtle nesting beaches. STC will also host condensed lighting presentations for beachfront residents that focus on ways to make their homes sea turtle friendly.
Below are the general times and locations for the workshops and presentations:
May 2017 Atlantic Beach, St. Augustine
June 2017 Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach
July 2017 Fort Pierce, Jupiter
January 2018 Pompano Beach, Miami Beach
March 2018 Naples, Port Charlotte
April 2018 Sarasota, Clearwater
If you have specific questions about the presentations or workshops, please email:
Stacey Marquis (Stacey@conserveturtles.org)
Rachel Tighe (Rachel@conserveturtles.org)
Lauryn Wright (Lauryn@conserveturtles.org)
Click on the images below to download 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.