Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Sticker
Keep Alabama Wild and show your support for Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. A part of the 7,157-acre Gulf Coast Complex, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge protects both endangered species and migratory birds. This habitat is critical for sea turtles coming to shore to nest.
Three different species of sea turtles have been documented nesting on the Gulf Coast. While Loggerheads are the most common, Green and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles have also been known to nest on refuge beaches.
Sea turtle nesting season begins in late May and continues through October. The eggs are protected and monitored during their incubation period and the hatchlings are seen safely to the surf as they begin their long journey to the Gulf Stream. In 2001, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a sea turtle volunteer program called Share the Beach, involving local residents and businesses in sea turtle conservation. As a result of increased monitoring and public support through this program, sea turtles have been given a better chance at success.