Nesting Sea Turtle Walks at Hobe Sound Nature Center


Turtle Walks at
Hobe Sound Nature Center

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here than anywhere else--in April!

 

 

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Turtle Walks at
Hobe Sound Nature Center



The Hobe Sound Nature Center, located at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, conducts turtle walks in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Reservations begin April 1 and are taken until all spaces are filled, usually within several weeks. Thirty people are allowed to sign up for each turtle walk (watch), with no minimum age restrictions.

Waiting lists are also taken in case of last-minute cancellations. A $5 donation per person is requested. Enroll in a Hobe Sound Nature Center turtle walk online

Loggerhead Turtle Depositing Eggs ©M. Timothy O'Keefe www.FloridaWildlifeViewing.com
Turtle depositing her eggs


Turtle walks to view nesting turtles are scheduled Thursday and Friday nights beginning in late May and extending through mid to late July. Walks are usually over by midnight but have been known to last until 1 a.m.

Participants assemble in the Nature Center's classroom at the Hobe Sound NWR. The center opens at 8:30 p.m. and an orientation/presentation begins at 9.m.

After the presentation, participants drive the 5 minutes from the Refuge to Hobe Sound Public Beach. Scouts go ahead of the group to locate a turtle along a stretch of beach about one mile in length.

The actual walk to the turtle is normally less than a half-mile. You wait in the relative luxury of a covered pavilion with restrooms and drinking fountain until the scouts locate a turtle.

Once a nesting turtle is located, it usually takes about an hour to view the entire process including egg laying and nest covering.

Then, now matter how early, the turtle walk is over. Only a single turtle watch is held each evening.

Contact Information: Call 772/546-2067. Nature Center office hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wildlife Refuge open 7 days, sunrise to sunset. Website

Directions: From I-95, take Exit 96 (Hobe Sound) and proceed East for 7 miles to U.S. Highway One. Turn right (South) on U.S. 1. The Nature Center is 2 miles on the left, north of Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound; 13640 S.E. Federal Highway (U.S. 1), Hobe Sound, Florida 33455.

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