Can You Spot the Sea Turtle Nests?

The first loggerhead sea turtle nests of the season were spotted on Anna Maria Island, just north of Casey Key and the Sleepy Sandpiper beach house.

Sea Turtle nests are quite common on Nokomis Public Beach. According to Mote Marine Aquarium and Research Laboratory, here are some do’s and don’ts. . .

Here are some “do and don’t” tips to keep our beaches turtle-friendly:

  • DO stay away from sea turtle nests marked with yellow stakes and tape, and seabird nesting zones that are bounded by ropes.
  • DO remain quiet and observe from a distance if you encounter a nesting sea turtle or hatchlings.
  • DO shield or turn off outdoor lights that are visible on the beach from May through October.
  • DO close drapes after dark and stack beach furniture at the dune line or, ideally, remove it from the beach
  • DO fill in holes that may entrap hatchlings on their way to the water.
  • DON’T approach nesting turtles or hatchlings, make noise, or shine lights at turtles.
  • DON’T use flashlights, head lamps or fishing lamps on the beach.
  • DON’T encourage a turtle to move while nesting or pick up hatchlings that have emerged and are heading for the water.
  • DON’T use fireworks on the beach.
  • DON’T walk dogs on any Sarasota County beach other than Brohard Paw Park in Venice. There, dogs must be leashed or under voice control, according to county ordinances.

 

Anna Maria Island Sea Turtles 2017

Learn and Love Where You Are

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Practicing phonics and letter formation on the beach.

Worldschooling is on the rise.  Families packing up and traveling, kids learning as they go.  Not all of us desire to uproot our lives completely, and yet we can adapt worldschool ideas to our own families, right where we are.

When you visit the Sleepy Sandpiper, there is so much to explore.  Natural history and science can be experienced through the rhythms of the tides, collecting sharks’ teeth, scouting out turtle nests, visiting Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, exploring the Legacy Trail, and observing the birds in the backyard.

Local history can be experienced during the summer camps at Historic Spanish Point and celebrating the Venice 90th Anniversary.

Look at your hometown, right where you are, through the eyes of a worldschool family.  What can you do to embrace learning and exploring right where you are?

 

“Exactly what we neded — would love to come back!”

We loved the Sleepy Sandpiper! Alexandra was the perfect host, thinking of all the little things for a great stay, including beach towels, chairs and kid’s beach toys! Not to mention that her communication was excellent! The home was exactly what we needed – enough space for me and my husband, 2 kids and my parents with room to spare. It’s close to everything and even just a short walk to the beach! Lovely trip and we would so love to come back!

Collecting Sea Shells

I love walking up and down the sea shore,  inhaling the fresh sea salt breeze. I hear the gentle rhythm of the waves and watch the sunset.

Sometimes I keep my eyes on the sand, letting them follow the tide line, looking for shells.  This article from Travel for Wildlife will equip you to determine whether the sea treasures you find are alive (give them back to the Gulf!) or dead (bring home as a reminder of peaceful beach days.)

(Some of the photos in the article are from Sanibal Island, just an hour and a half south of the Sleepy Sandpiper!)

 

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Seeking Shells, Nokomis Beach October 2016

 

 

Falling in Love… With the Sea

I live just a few blocks from the beach, but too many nights I come home tired and close the door behind me. And it’s easy to fill every weekend day with errands, chores and family and social events. “We need to go to the beach,” my boyfriend and I tell each other—for days, weeks, sometimes even months.

And then, finally, one night after work, we do. Walking over the dune, we feel the air change. It’s softer, fresher, tinged with salt. We take off our shoes and the sand squeaks between our toes. We sit close to the water, holding hands and watching tiny sandpipers scurry along the edges of each splashing wave with uncanny precision. By the time that glowing sun has slipped into the Gulf, we’re lost in wonder, in love all over again with this magical sliver where land meets sea, the enchanted zone that’s the heart and soul of Sarasota.

 

Come to the Sleepy Sandpiper. . . take your morning walk to the beach. . . watch the sunset in the evening at the “magical sliver where land meets sea.”

 

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Nokomis Beach Sunset 2016