About Us

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Longboat Key Turtle Watch is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization and is permitted with FWC under Mote Marine Laboratory to perform activities related to sea turtle nesting.

We patrol the Gulf-side beaches starting at the Manatee County line (Sea Club Resort), north to the Longboat Pass bridge, Greer Island (Beer Can) on Longboat Key, Florida.

Our beach is divided into 4 zones and is patrolled by approximately 40 volunteers, who walk at sunrise each day during sea turtle nesting season. The patrols typically start April 15 and continue until about October 31.

Zone A starts at 6990 GMD,  Broadway St, and covers the beach north to Greer Island (Beer Can)

Zone B starts at 6400 GMD and covers the beach north to 6990 GMD

Zone C starts at 5231 GMD, Covert Inn II, and covers the beach north to 6400 GMD

Zone D starts at 4441 GMD, Sea Club, and covers the beach north to 5231 GMD

Click here to read about a day in the life of a Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteer.

Click here to read about LBKTW in the news and on TV!


  January 2021  
  • Sea Turtle Defender Club

    Are you between the ages of 2 and 18? Are you interested in learning more about sea turtles? Join our Sea Turtle Defender Club today!

    Click here to sign up!

  • Be in the know!

    To be added to our email list and receive notification of evening nest excavations, please go to  www.tinyletter.com/LBKturtlenews
     and enter email address, and hit "subscribe".

  • Lights out for Turtles!

    May 1 - October 31

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