Leatherback, Green, and Loggerhead sea turtles lay eggs on beaches throughout Florida from March to October. At the beaches on the barrier island section of Fort Lauderdale, local organizations mark off sections of the sand to protect the endangered animals. More than 2,000 nests were counted last year. The Museum of Discovery and Science offers lessons and then night walks on the beach during the summer to look for nesting turtles.
The National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation, based in Ft. Lauderdale, lets people adopt a nest for $40, which includes a photo of your nest and an update after it hatches. It's a great souvenir.