Beachfront Lighting: Education, Outreach and Materials

travelingdisplay

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

Traveling educational displays

With funding from the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Program, the Sea Turtle Conservancy created 4 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?

Right now, three of the four lighting displays are scattered across the state of Florida. There is a lighting display at:

  1. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Navarre Beach
  2. Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
  3. The Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne

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 natalia@conserveturtles.org.

 

Lighting workshops for code enforcement personnel

STC Biologist and Lighting Project Manager Rick Herren presents to local code enforcement in Escambia County.

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.

STC’s lighting team is planning a new round of sea turtle lighting workshops for the 2018-2019 year. Upcoming workshop information is below. 

August 10, 2018 (1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Escambia County Building Inspections Division
3363 West Park Place
Pensacola, FL 32505

October 16, 2018 (1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Town of Surfside Town Hall
Town Commission Chambers, Second Floor
9293 Harding Avenue
Surfside, FL 33154

If you have  questions about the workshops, please email:

Stacey Marquis (Stacey@conserveturtles.org)
Rachel Tighe (Rachel@conserveturtles.org)
Natalia Bayona (Natalia@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.