August is a busy month for turtles in Florida. It’s a time when hatchling loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles continue to make their way to the ocean and begin their lives of adventure.
Organizations such as the free-admission, nonprofit Loggerhead Marinelife Center (www.marinelife.org) in Palm Beach County are dedicated to educating the public about sea turtles, protecting and rehabilitating them, and furthering sea turtle and ocean conservation.
As part of its mission, Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s staff monitors 9.5 miles of beach along the Atlantic, offers behind-the-scenes programs for the public, and operates a hospital for injured or sick sea turtles, nursing them to health until they can be released back into the wild.
Florida’s beaches are natural habitats for sea turtles. During nesting season, they are protected by federal law from human interference except by permitted professionals in centers across the country.
You can learn about sea turtles by visiting other state-permitted facilities.
Options include The Turtle Hospital in Marathon (www.turtlehospital.org), the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in Indialantic (www.seaturtlespacecoast.org) and Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories in Panacea (www.gulfspecimen.org).
For additional listings of permitted facilities, see myfwc.com/education/wildlife/sea-turtle/where-to-view.
“Loggerhead Marinelife Center is adjacent to one of the most densely populated sea turtle nesting beaches on our planet,” says Hannah Deadman, the center’s public relations and communications coordinator. “We encourage people to visit the center to learn about sea turtle and ocean conservation, and learn how simple steps—such as opting for reusable bags or water bottles—have the power to make a difference for our world ocean.”
Out of this World
WeAreGoFl.com lists the latest launch information from Florida’s Space Coast.
On August 3, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will deploy a communications and data-relay satellite for NASA. On August 31, the alliance is sending up another Atlas V with a classified spacecraft payload.
United Launch Alliance is a 50/50 joint venture between Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company.
WeAreGoFl.com offers mobile apps for iPhone and Android that show the best locations to view launches.
The app is part of the Space Coast’s program to promote space-related tourists—also known as Vacationauts.
Be An Airport Insider
Hungry in the airport? Want to know real-time security waits? Check out these free mobile apps.
- GateGuru (www.gateguru.com) helps you find shops, places to eat and airport amenities. It also can keep your personal travel statistics.
- MIFlight (gomiflight.com) gives crowd-sourced real-time information about security waits in more than 50 airports around the world.
- LoungeBuddy (www.loungebuddy.com/mobile) connects you with information and reviews about airline lounges near you.
- FlySmart (flysmartapp.com) keeps you posted about flight delays and offers reviews about shops, restaurants and other amenities.
Florida native Pamela A. Keene is a freelance journalist who specializes in travel, gardening, personality and feature writing. The avid traveler also is a photographer and accomplished sailor. Her website is www.pamelakeene.com.