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Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins #549534
04/16/21 04:24 AM
04/16/21 04:24 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
With the start of sea turtle nesting season (April to late August, peaking in June), let's be aware of the value and importance of the beaches on northern Ambergris Caye. Sea turtles no longer nest at many previous sites, and some areas north of Tranquility Bay Resort are the most valuable Green turtle nesting sites in Belize. The nests (mostly Loggerhead and Green sea turtles) do not look like obvious nests (see the photo) and people may inadvertently ride over them, picnic or BBQ on them and also disturb the females waiting to come ashore and lay their eggs. Robles Point (often mistakenly called Rocky Point) is particularly sensitive. The Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve is a World Heritage Site and has become a popular day trip destination. Without laws in place (and awareness) to protect the beaches and sea turtles from traffic of all kinds, it's up to individuals to make wise choices in the best interests of the conservation of Belize's beautiful places and wildlife (especially the endangered species)

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Re: Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins [Re: Marty] #549606
04/19/21 11:30 AM
04/19/21 11:30 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Following my recent note about the importance of the beaches on Northern Ambergris Caye for sea turtle nesting

There a plans to put up signs to alert people about nests and also block off Robles Point from vehicles (see photo of golf carts parked and people picnicing on this most important beach, often mistakenly called Rocky Point). Henry Brown is the biologist for the reserve. Please report observations of any turtle crawls so that they can document them and predict laying day as well as hatching date of species. #(+501)6254983. Messaging is better because of the cell phone service up there. It's sea turtle nesting season! So think twice before you drive and bbq on those beaches. Until the reserve staff have the funding to put up signs, barriers and do patrols, it's up to individuals to do their part in protecting these endangered species.

Rosemary Smith

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Re: Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins [Re: Marty] #549640
04/20/21 05:04 PM
04/20/21 05:04 PM
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How about clearing the ridge 'road' so we don't need to drive on the beach? Me & my guys, in the years past, have worked on it but there seems to be a few .people who want to keep the 1st section north of Tranquility blocked.

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