Educating the public who enjoy our beaches and coastal areas, as well as local government staff and other land managers about the importance of coastal areas for wildlife habitat in addition to recreation and public use is an important goal for CWCI.
Be a Beach Hero
There are many ways you can be a Beach Hero! The materials and sites below offer information on how you can enjoy your day at the beach and reduce your coastal “footprint,” so that you don’t inadvertently harm the animals and plants that live there.
Grow a Better Beach
Share the Beach-Helpful Info for Beach Visitors During Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Share the Beach-Beach Furniture and Sea Turtles
Share the Beach- with Beach Nesting Birds
Shorebird-Friendly Photography Guide
Florida Shorebird Alliance
Enjoy Wildlife Viewing From a Distance
Don’t Release Unwanted Pets
Impacts of Free-Ranging Domestic Cats on Wildlife in Florida
The Florida Boating and Angling Guide Series
Florida Coastal Access Guide
Lionfish - Portrait of an Invasion
Hooked A Seabird? Don't Cut the Line!
What to do if you hook a pelican!
Marine Clean-up Training Manual
Beach wrack (seaweed that washes up on the beach) harbors food and provides cover for wildlife and promotes the growth of new dunes, which help keep our beaches from washing or blowing away.
The Wrack Community
Share the Beach: Beach cleaning practices to minimize impacts to protected shorebirds
Guidelines for Beach Cleaning During Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Beach Wrack Flyer
Beach Wrack ID Guide
Driving on the beach can crush or disturb vulnerable wildlife, but there are things you can do to reduce the chances of that happening. Whether you drive as part of your job (as a lifeguard or emergency responder, for example), or in a place that allows recreational beach driving, the materials below can help ensure you’re doing your part to minimize impacts.
Beach Driver Training - Part 1: Sea Turtles (video, 13mins)
Beach Driver Training - Part 2: Shorebirds (video, 8mins)
Best Management Practices for Operating Vehicles on the Beach
Beach Driver Training Course Transcript
Beach Driver Training Course Instructions
Diamondback terrapins are the only North American turtles that live exclusively in estuaries, a trait shared by few, if any, other turtles in the world. They are attracted to the bait in crab traps, and can die within hours if they are caught in traps and cannot surface to breath. Using Bycatch Reduction Devices can help keep terrapins out of your traps - and keep them from eating your crab bait!
Best Practices for Recreational Blue Crab Trapping - Flyer
Best Practices for Recreational Blue Crab Trapping - Poster
Crab Trap Bycatch Reduction Device Instructions
Crab Trap BRD Pickup Locations
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program
Florida Bird Conservation Initiative
Florida Shorebird Database
Marine Resources Geographic Information System
Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange
Wildlife and Climate Change