Turtle Friendly Lighting?
Over the last three decades, greater attention has been given to one particular plight of sea turtles in coastal areas: beach lighting. Sea turtles coming to the shore to lay eggs will get disoriented by artificial light that can keep them from nesting.
Some do Survive…
For those that do nest, their hatchlings may be tricked into going toward man-made lighting sources (instead of the instinctively attractive starlight or moonlight reflecting off the water).
Once traveling in the wrong direction, a hatchling can become dehydrated, be prey for land-based predators or even be run over by an automobile. Beachside Lighting has worked closely with Wildlife Conservation Commissions to offer turtle-safe lighting fixtures that accept low wattage / long wavelength amber LED sources.
The Right Light is Good for all of Us.
Check with your landscape contractor and find out how you can make choices that protect wildlife and return the stars to the skies by eliminating unwanted ambient light pollution in our communities.
Turtles will thank you and so will all the rest of us that enjoy the pristine and tranquil beauty of the unspoiled night sky.