The 2018 Turtle Nesting Season is May 1 to October 31. Lights out…for turtle safety!
What do blinds have to do with sea turtles? More than you’d think. Right after they’re born, newly-hatched sea turtles will migrate from their nests into the ocean. Since the turtles are still young, they identify the sea noticing moonlight and starlight reflecting off the waves. Unfortunately, the lights of nearby towns and resorts may strongly resemble the lights reflecting off the ocean. Ambient light pollution may cause the newly-hatched turtles to migrate inland instead of out into the sea. Since these young turtles are extremely vulnerable on land, any distraction as they migrate puts them in grave danger.
Because of this vulnerability, many laws and local ordinances have been enacted to protect the sea turtle population. In particular, beachside residents of Volusia County are required by law to keep lights off of our beaches from the hours of 9 PM to 6 AM. Blackout shades from US Blinds will help reduce light pollution and avoid misdirecting these gentle creatures away from moonlight over the ocean!
Meanwhile, US Blinds is devoted to protecting the local sea turtle population. Proceeds from sales of all window treatments sold to beachside properties through October 31, 2018, will go to support the scientific and educational conservation activities of the Friends of the Marine Science Center. For more information on sea turtles and their habitats, check out the Volusia Marine Science Center.