Sea turtle nesting season starts May 1

May 1, 2020
Sea turtle in Gulf of Mexico with full body in view, head cresting the water

Alabama’s sea turtle nesting season officially began Friday, May 1st, and the "Share the Beach" monitoring program, under the auspices of the Alabama Coastal Foundation staff, is ready.

The ACF reports that preparing for this year's season was challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But with help from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alabama Department of Conservation, Share the Beach team leaders and volunteers are ready.

For more information about the program, visit or email If you think you've found a sea turtle nest, a turtle crawl (tracks left by the female sea turtle as she pulls herself across the sand), or if you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call 1-866-SEA-TURT (1-866-732-8878).