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The 2019 Sea Turtle Nesting Season - A Very Busy Year!

This year, Boca Raton beaches saw a remarkably busy sea turtle nesting season in which two record highs were broken!  We recorded 392 green sea turtle nests this season compared to the previous record of 331 nests in 2013.  We also recorded 913 loggerhead nests and 18 leatherback nests.  The

Nesting Birds on Boca's Beach

Photo by Ben Hicks   This summer (2019) Boca Raton’s beaches were not only visited by tourists and nesting sea turtles, but a colony of least terns!  Many species of birds utilize our shoreline to feed, forage, or simply to rest during their migration north or south, but the discovery of

Our First Sea Turtle Labor & Delivery Ward

Every nesting season, large adult sea turtles migrate long distances after leaving their foraging grounds to mate in nearshore environments; coincidentally, where humans often recreate.  It’s common to see large mating turtles close to shore, leaving them vulnerable to being hit by watercraft

Arachnid Tale

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center doesn’t only have marine animals.  Gumbo Limbo also houses gopher tortoises, Florida box turtles, and red rat snakes so that visitors have an opportunity to learn more about the variety of Florida’s native animals.  Outside of our walls, in the “wild,” we see many other

Kirby's Big Adventure

  Here at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, we work hard to make sure all of our animals get the best care possible.  Unfortunately, our animals cannot tell us if they are not feeling well so we take the time to observe each one individually.  We look for behavioral changes or for anything out of

Species Highlight: Tarpon

What are those large, silver fish in our Shipwreck aquarium?  As I’m sure our volunteers can attest, we get this question several times a day.  The answer, of course, is tarpon, Megalops atlanticus.  Interestingly, not only are tarpon the largest fish we have, but they are one of the most unique!

All About Our Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Boca Raton‘s beaches see hundreds of sea turtle nests every summer during sea turtle nesting season (March 1 to October 31).  Each of these nests might have up to a hundred eggs inside.  After they hatch, the hatchlings race to the ocean where they will swim upwards of 20 miles offshore to reach

Remembering Steve Bass

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center celebrates the life of former manager, Steve Bass.  Steve shared his love of nature with the staff, volunteers, and visitors for 13 years reaching thousands of people of all ages.  He was an engaging educator and loved telling stories to captivate his audience whether

Sharing the Beach with Sea Turtles

It is that time of year!  The sea turtles are returning to our area to lay their eggs.  Here is a list of things you can do to help sea turtles thrive.  Most of these guidelines are common sense and you probably know them already!   If you are on the beach at night: Don’t use a

Caterpillar Alert!

Puss Moth Caterpillar, Megalopyge opercularis   Have you seen a furry little caterpillar hanging out on fences or edging along a picnic table?  Do not pick up or touch that cute little bundle of fur – it could be a poison-packing puss caterpillar.   Description:  a tiny caterpillar, 1