With the official start of the sea turtle nesting season on Monday, St. Johns County beach residents and visitors will face seasonal restrictions in accordance with the Habitat Conservation Plan, a 20-year agreement between St. Johns County and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s that time of year when those slow land-creeping reptiles begin to arrive at night, drag their huge bodies from the ocean to the dunes areas, dig their nests, deposit their eggs, and then disappear back into the ocean. Locally, that leaves the nests under the protection of more than 200 trained volunteers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission who monitor the nests along the 40 miles of St. Johns County ocean beaches. The monitoring season runs through Oct. 31 or until the last nest is hatched.
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