Green Activities

A Recognized Steward of Our Natural Environment

Palm Island Resort has a long-lasting commitment to preserving the natural environment, marine life and wildlife of Florida. Guests are encouraged to visit the Resort’s Nature Center and to learn of ongoing preservation projects. Visitors have the opportunity from May to October to participate in sea turtle awareness walks as hatchlings appear along our beaches. Manatee and dolphins can also be seen, along with native birds such as bald eagles, herons, osprey and pelicans. During the winter months shorebirds such as black skimmers and least terns call the Resort, home.

Palm Island Resort’s Naturalist conducts informative nature programs on the island for resort guests and residents including topics such as Manatee Awareness, Shore Birds, Sea Turtles and more.

No visit would be complete to Palm Island Resort without reserving some time spent with our naturalist.

Should you wish to explore nearby wildlife trails, parks or areas for bird watching, please contact our Activities Coordinator for suggestions and directions.

 

turtle laying on the sand

 

Sea Turtle Nesting Season

MAY 1 – OCTOBER 31 — Please make sure to follow these simple guidelines to ensure that the sea turtles laying nests and the hatchlings coming from the nests have a chance to do their job.

  • Draw the drapes at night, keep unnecessary lights off in your unit and do not use flashlights on the beach….let your eyes adjust.
  • Return beach chairs to their designated area, remove cabanas and umbrellas from the beach. Female turtles  and hatchlings can become entangled and be the cause of their death.
  • If you observe hatchlings, please stand still and observe. Children tend to get excited. NO LIGHTS, PLEASE, and do not touch. If they are crawling landward toward a light, call (941)270-2961.
  • If you find a hatchling during the day, place it in a towel-covered container with sand and take it into the Resort’s Reception Desk. DO NOT place it in water.
Turtle laying in the sand