Each year, just as endangered sea turtles make their way to the white-sand beaches of Alabama’s shoreline to nest, hundreds of volunteers gear up for another season of Share the Beach activities! Alabama's sea turtle nesting and hatching season runs from May through October.

The objectives of the Alabama Coastal Foundation's Share the Beach program are:

  • To mitigate human-related impacts to sea turtles, especially the effects of artificial light pollution;
  • To monitor sea turtle nests and hatchlings on the Alabama Gulf Coast; and,
  • To promote the conservation of sea turtles in Alabama through public outreach and education.

We ask that you take the time to learn more about our little marine friends, and how you can recognize their nests, increase their chances of survival and support the volunteers who Share the Beach with them each year.

You can learn more about the program HERE.

ACF also has a specialty license plate design available! More info here!

Here are some more turtle-friendly tips:

🔦Avoid flash photography at night and only use approved sea turtle friendly flashlights.
💡Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining onto the beach at night.
🥚Do not disturb sea turtle nests.
↔️Keep your distance (at least 30 feet) if you see an adult turtle on the beach.
🐢Leave sea turtle tracks undisturbed.
👣Leave Only Footprints! Do not leave beach gear, holes, or trash on the beach.
☎️Report sea turtle sightings to 866-SEA-TURTLE (866-732-8878)