Lighting the way for sea turtles at Gulf Islands National Seashore

We don’t know much about the long life of a sea turtle, since it’s mostly spent in the ocean. When they do come ashore to lay their eggs, we know the babies use the moon and stars to guide them back to sea. But what happens when hotels and houses and streetlights compete for their attention?

A citizen science group at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Pensacola, Florida helps map the night sky in order to keep these mysterious creatures on the right path.

Turtle T.H.i.S. volunteers check out a sea turtle nest site.

Turtle T.H.i.S. volunteers check out a sea turtle nest site.