Yesterday, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort reopened along with Disney’s Hilton Head Resort. It comes right on time for today’s World Sea Turtle Day.
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is the home of many many Sea Turtle nests this season as they have been for many years. Disney Conservation Team Wildlife have been out there with the Sea Turtle Field Conservation Program even with all the current unpredictable situations of the world.
Sea Turtle Nests
Sea Turtles are an endangered species, but the Sea Turtle Field Conservation Program is working hard to help them survive and thrive. There are three species that call Florida’s beach home and they are the Greens, the Loggerheads, and Leatherbacks. To help protect them, a team of more than 50 Cast Members contribute their time each year. Claire Martin from Disney said, “Since our program’s inception, we have documented nearly 17,000 nests from three sea turtle species and recently celebrated the millionth baby sea turtle hatched on our five-mile stretch of beach.”
What Disney Conservation is Doing for Sea Turtles
Disney Conservation Team Wildlife continues to survey and learn about the Sea Turtle and what actions they and the rest of the world can do to help preserve this beautiful animal species. The Disney Conservation Fund has not only helped with their own Sea Turtle Conservation Program in Florida, but have also donated $4 million to help protect six different species all over the world.
How We Can Help Sea Turtles
Disney has provided a list of ideas on how we can do our part to help the Sea Turtle species:
- Minimize your use of single use plastic, and dispose properly of all trash. All waterways lead to the ocean, and plastic floating in city canals eventually ends up in the sea.
- Turn your lights off at night. Even if you don’t live near the beach, many wildlife species like birds and bats rely on dark skies to navigate safely.
- Choose sustainably sourced seafood. If you’re not sure how to do this, download the Seafood Watch Guide app created by our friends at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
- Share your love for sea turtles with others! Passion for nature is contagious.
- Learn more about sea turtles by visiting Disney Animals, checking out @DrMarkAtDisney for all things animals, science and environment, and following @DisneyConservation’s #BigBlueWorld series on Instagram to learn more about the conservation work we do and support in the big ol’ blue!