Each summer on the Alabama coast, the beach is the scene of an eruption of life that has been taking place for thousands of years. Tiny loggerhead sea turtles emerge from the sand and crawl to the Gulf of Mexico as volunteers watch over them like proud parents. Many years later, some of these same sea turtles will return to the coast to nest and continue this cycle of life.
From May through October, volunteers are needed to search for sea turtle nests on the beach at sunrise, count hatchlings as they make their way to the Gulf at night, or help with all of the behind-the-scenes work that makes sea turtle conservation in Alabama successful. Volunteers patrol the beaches in search of turtle tracks, locate the eggs, and mark the nest for protection.
Throughout the season, volunteers monitor the nests and then after about 50 days, the listening and waiting begins. The volunteers attend the nest during hatching, ensuring that as many sea turtle hatchlings make it to the Gulf waters as possible. Once in the water, they are on their own.
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