The Sea Turtle Grants Program (STGP), funded by the sale of Florida’s Helping Sea Turtles Survive specialty license plate, recently awarded $4,000 to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade’s project: “Turtle Translations: Conservation Awareness in a Diverse Community.” The project is aimed at broadening the outreach of sea turtle conservation awareness to non-English speakers of diverse backgrounds in Miami-Dade, as well as decreasing nest vandalisms.
The Parks Foundation in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and its Miami-Dade County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, will generate and activate the project by translating educational materials and creating cautionary messaging for sea turtle nests to communicate in five common languages found in the county: Spanish, Creole, French, Portuguese and Russian.
Miami-Dade Sea Turtle staff will have translated brochures on hand, during sea turtle nesting surveys, outreach events, and educational presentations. Cautionary signage will be posted on turtle nests found on all beaches surveyed by Miami-Dade Sea Turtle staff (Key Biscayne, Crandon Park, Fisher Island, City of Miami Beach, Surfside, Bal Harbour, Haulover Beach Park, Sunny Isles, and Town of Golden Beach beaches).
Each year, STGP distributes money to coastal county governments, educational and research institutions and nonprofit groups through a competitive application process. The sea turtle specialty license plate is also one of the primary sources of funding for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Turtle Protection Program. Learn more about the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Program at helpingseaturtles.org.
Note: If you find a dead, sick, or injured sea turtle, please call FWC's 24-hour Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922).
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Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors
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To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters and/or any accommodations to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks-sponsored program or meeting, contact Mary Palacios, 305-755-7848, Mary.Palacios@miamidade.gov, at least 7 days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).
Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
Laura Phillips, Information Officer
Communications and Marketing Division
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department
275 NW 2nd Street, Suite 303 • Miami, Florida 33128 • Office: 305-755-7842
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