Siesta Key’s sea turtle nesting season began May 1 and runs through Oct. 31. Last year, the island saw 531 nests, according to Mote Marine field experts.
Snowy plover birds are also beginning to nest. In recent years, they have been more and more absent from Siesta Key.
Residents and visitors are asked to take several measures to help these protected species have a successful season. Here are some of them: