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Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky

Implementing Organization

State of Alabama; State of Florida; US Department of the Interior


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

This project will reduce disturbance to nesting habitat for loggerhead sea turtles. The project involves multiple tasks: 1) Site-specific surveys of existing light sources for each targeted beach; 2) Coordination with site managers on development of plans to eliminate, retrofit, or replace existing light fixtures on the property or to otherwise decrease the amount of light reaching the loggerhead sea turtle nesting beach; 3) Retrofitting streetlights and parking lot lights; 4) Increased efforts by local governments to ensure compliance with local lighting ordinances; and 5) A public awareness campaign including educational materials and revision of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Lighting Technical Manual to include Best Available Technology (Witherington and Martin, 2000).


Dianne Ingram
(251) 517-8012
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