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Sea Turtle Hatchlings are Coming!

We are right in the middle of sea turtle nesting season, and hatchlings are coming! Here is some great information from our friends at South Walton Turtle Watch on giving these amazing little creatures the best possible chance at survival:

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Turtle Talk: Come help keep the beaches safe for Sea Turtles!

Even with the fantastic crew that cleans the beaches every night here in Walton County, there is still a lot we can do to help keep the beaches safe for sea turtles.  Bring your own water bottle, hat and sunscreen as we’ll be walking the beach, picking up trash, filling in leftover holes and knocking down […]

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Turtle Talk: Come Explore With Us!

Thousands of visitors come to South Walton beaches every year to vacation in pristine settings and enjoy the Old Florida lifestyle that 60,000+ of us are lucky enough to call home every day of the year! They come for the beaches, sure. But, they could find beaches in any number of Florida towns. Here, they also […]

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Turtle Talk: Clean Your Closets to Help Sea Turtles!

Fall is a great time to do some Spring Cleaning! Ok, so maybe it’s a good time to do some “fall cleaning.” Take some time to weed out those items you no longer use to make way for the holidays and now you can donate those unwanted or outgrown items to benefit the Friends of South Walton […]

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Turtle Talk: September Trash Bash This Weekend!

Did you attend this past weekend’s Coastal Cleanup and have a great time? Did you miss it and kick yourself? Either way, you can head out to Inlet Beach this weekend to join Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles with our cleanup event on Saturday morning at 7:30 am at Inlet Park! Shelley is sure […]

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Turtle Talk: Seeing Light at the End of the Tunnel

A Quick Update on our 501(c)(3) Application Journey… We get asked all the time if the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. The short answer is no, not yet. The longer answer is that the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles is an incorporated nonprofit organization in the […]

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Turtle Talk: New Additions

While the sea turtle hatchlings of 30A and South Walton have been busy emerging from their nests, we have been busy adding some new additions of our own. Ours are not as adorable or exciting, but we are happy about them none-the-less. Over the summer, our volunteers have worked tirelessly to get this new organization […]

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Our Summer 2015 Newsletter is Here! Dig It?

Not on our newsletter list yet? We understand. It has been a very busy summer for us too. Not to fear. We want to make it easy for you. You can still read the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles Summer 2015 newsletter right here! FOSWST: Dig It! Summer 2015 Newsletter, Issue #2 In it you will […]

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Turtle Talk: No More Trash Talking

There are dreamers who inspire. And, there are doers who carry out that inspiration.  The Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles strives to be both! In keeping with our all volunteer nonprofit mission of “Sea Turtle Conservation Through Awareness and Education,” here is some of what we have done this year: Redesigned and distributed more than […]

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Turtle Talk: New Living Reef Habitat in Grayton Beach State Park 

Last week, the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) began installing the first set of near shore reefs at Grayton Beach State Park here in South Walton County. For all you sea turtle fans, this new reef installation (consisting of approximately 58 towers) will be in the shape of a sea turtle when viewed from above!   The new […]

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Turtle Talk: Morning Miracle

Last Thursday started out like any other Thursday since May. May 1 was the start of sea turtle nesting season, and since I’ve been volunteering for South Walton Turtle Watch, I’ve been hitting the beach around 5:15 on Thursday mornings to look for evidence of new turtle nests. This past Thursday was a typical gorgeous […]

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Turtle Talk: Your Mission, Should you Choose to Accept It

There was a TV show back in the 1970’s called Mission Impossible. Some of you younger folks might be more familiar with the movie series of the same name starring Tom Cruise. Either way, the premise is the same: an agent receives a secret mission, often via a recording. The agent has the choice to […]

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Turtle Talk: The Eagle has Landed

WE HAVE TURTLE NESTS! Seventeen turtle nests, to be exact.  Seventeen as of early June 2015 in South Walton county, and we are finding more every day. Wow. You might be asking if I have personally found any. Well….no.  I’ve been out of town for a few weeks, so my fellow beach walkers have had […]

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Friends Are Heroes Too

In just a few days, the Walton County Coastal Branch Library starts their annual summer reading program for children.  The theme this year is “Every Hero has a Story.”  We know this because we, the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, are taking part and we will be there on #TurtleTuesday, June 16th from 10am until 11am.   […]

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Signs. Signs. Everywhere, Signs.

“Do this, Don’t do that, Can’t you read the sign?” In 1970, the Five Man Electrical Band came out with the song, Signs, about the abundance of signage in our day to day life. The lyrics are still relevant forty-five years later. This one line “Do this, Don’t do that, Can’t you read the sign?” […]

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