Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is a group coordinating with county, state and federal efforts in the conservation of sea turtles. The sea turtles to nest on the island will either be loggerhead or green sea turtles. Manatee and Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.
During turtle season, May 1 through Oct. 31, dedicated volunteers walk along Anna Maria Island to scan for distinct sea turtle tracks. Their job is seven days of the week with no holidays, requires special training, and includes early-morning walks along the beach. They walk along the sandy beach and waterline each day looking for any tracks a sea turtle may have left overnight. For more than thirty years volunteers have monitored twelve miles of Manatee shoreline. Their monitoring includes turtle activities, protecting the nests, and watching the hatchlings depart as they make their way into the Gulf of Mexico. They watch with the hope mature loggerheads will return in about 30 years.
Periodically Anna Maria Island Turtle Walk offers Free Turtle Talks. These events are open to the public.
*Turtle Talk Tuesdays and Saturday——- July and August
FREE Tuesday Morning and Saturday Mornings
10 AM rain or shine every Tuesday Morning during July and August at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, Florida
and 9 Am Saturday mornings through August weather permitting Manatee Public beach  in the shade toward the south entrance look for the ATV. Saturday morning talk will include turtle lighting workshop.
Come gather with the volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch as we walk you through a day in the our life as we survey for nesting turtles on the beaches along the shores of Anna Maria.
We will present a 30 minute program of fun photos, videos and great funny stories that happened on our nesting beaches. We will answer your  questions .  We have free activity books and temporary tattoos with cute little turtles as well as many other free handouts. We will offer  our AMITW , stickers, transfers and ball caps and educational turtle books for a donation. Help us help the turtles on AMI. 100% of all funds collected go toward saving sea turtles on our island.
There will also be a Turtle Talk presentation at the Waterline Resort, 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:00pm.
Come out and listen to this dedicated group of volunteers and learn about all the amazing things they do. If you can attend this informative event we highly recommend it. Fun event for all ages!
Tickets Available — Call 352-214-3884 or e:
Turtle Life Anna Maria Island — Island Turtle Watch
**Join us poolside, where the Volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch speak about the wildlife on our island and how you can help preserve it.
AMITW Staff will discuss 35 years of nesting beach activities in a lively presentation with pictures and stories about their work with nesting shorebirds & sea turtles.
Deck yourself out in turtle gear or stock up on turtle gifts! AMITW shirts, caps and note cards are available in the Dockmaster’s Office at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club.
Temporary turtle tattoos, Flippers and Feathers Activity books, and the very popular Official AMITW Wildlife Certificates will be available at the presentation for FREE!
You may also donate by Adopting a Nest for the upcoming 2018 Nesting season. AMITW volunteers will be standing by to take adoptions. Questions about Adopting? Call Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch at (941) 778-5638.
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