Sea turtle friendly street lights

Hatchling sea turtles are drawn to light, so manmade artificial lights behind beaches can be a major issue. Hatchlings might head the wrong direction and end up in yards, pools, or even streets. There are a few areas in Antigua where streets run very close to nesting beaches, and the government has started to take measures to help sea turtles at those locations. Installing red street lights reduces impacts on hatchlings, while using LEDs helps to make sure drivers remain safe. 10 years of lobbying the government finally paid off for the Antigua Sea Turtle Project!

Andrew Maurer

I am a PhD Candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at NC State. My PhD research focuses on hawksbill sea turtle nesting in Antigua & Barbuda. Contact me at asmaurer@ncsu.edu.