The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum website has great information, excellent articles and a comprehensive online shell identification section. They just did a huge expansion and a visit here is a MUST if you love shells. Read here about their awesome shell identification app we talk about on the tour.
A handy pocket guide that's portable and informative. You can get a copy at Merry Pier located at 801 Pass-a-Grille Way, St Pete Beach, 33706. They also offer a shuttle to Shell Key Island, which is a great spot for shells. For more information go to their website shellkeyshuttle.com or call 727-360-1348. You can also get a copy at The Florida Shell Shop - see their details in GENERAL BEACH AND COASTAL INFORMATION section at the bottom of the page.
Sea Turtle Trackers monitors the sea turtle nests on local St. Pete beaches. Their website: seaturtletrackers.org has lots of sea turtle information and a place to donate to support them. You can even adopt a nest.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is more than just an aquarium - their mission is Rescue, Rehab and Release. They also patrol miles of North Pinellas county beaches during sea turtle nesting season to monitor and mark sea turtle nests. Their website has information and videos on how to help keep sea turtles safe during nesting season.
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center helps preserve, protect and rehabilitate injured sea turtles on Florida's east coast. The home page has a cool video of hatchlings racing toward the ocean.
The National Audubon Society has been protecting birds and their habitats since 1905. The website is a fantastic resource for information on birds and conservation. Free mobile bird guide app for your phone.
St Petersburg, FL Audubon Chapter - our local Audubon chapter has an excellent website with regional birding information.
The Florida Shorebird Alliance (FSA) is a coalition of various groups involved in shorebird and seabird conservation across Florida. Shorebirds and seabirds face many challenges in Florida. Learn more on the website about FSA, their partners, the birds, and how you can get involved.
If you live locally, you can become a Bird Steward and help our beach nesting birds.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a comprehensive online guide to birds and birdwatching. Free mobile bird guide app for your phone available. Live bird cams showing unique birds from all over the world.
Informative 2 minute video: How does plastic actually enter our oceans?
Suncoast RAP is "a coalition of 17 organizations who envision a future without coastal and marine debris, a world where we ditch single-use plastics in our daily lives, and a time where we protect the coastlines and oceans we love. We pursue our vision through research, education and engaging citizens, local businesses, and community leaders."
Check out their Ocean Friendly Restaurant program and patronize these establishments that have pledged to protect our oceans and coasts by reducing their plastic waste impact.
"How rich will we be when we have converted all our forests, our soil, our water resources, and our minerals into cash?" J.N. "Ding" Darling
J.N. "Ding" Darling was a strong advocate for conservation from the early 1900's until his death in 1962. He believed people and nature could live side by side without damaging the environment. The J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of the United States National Wildlife Refuge System and located on Sanibel Island, Florida. A visit here is highly recommended.
If you only get one book – this is it. It covers everything you’ll find in, around, and on the beaches - from shells and birds to plants and animals...and everything else! - with hundreds of photos.
Shop local and get a copy at: The Florida Shell Shop, 9901 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706. Website: thefloridashellshop.com Phone: (727) 367-9599
The FWC site has lots of information on Florida's wildlife and ecosystems.