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Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee Supports Tybee’s Sea Turtles

The sun is peeking over the ocean, dolphins are jumping, and the salty sea breeze is on its way through. Oh, what a beautiful morning for Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee! You heard that correctly…coffee from The Mermaids! We are so excited about it because sales of our Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee help support the Tybee Sea Turtles program!

Mermaid Cottages has recreated our own line of custom coffee with the help of Phillip at the wonderful PERC Coffee Roasters right up the road in beautiful Historic Downtown Savannah, GA. We’ve got a brand new blend and a brand new look to go along with it! Each coffee blend is hand-roasted in small batches to ensure you get the very best coffee experience. Phillip’s passion for making the best coffee possible certainly shows in every delicious cup! Our Mermaid Morning Bliss, available exclusively in our cottages or at Seaside Sisters, is available to order by the pound. Our Coffee makes a great souvenir or take-home gift, but best of all, sales help support the Tybee Sea Turtles programs!

Tybee Island’s Sea Turtle season runs from May 1st thru Oct 31st. During this time Loggerhead sea turtles come to our beaches to lay their eggs; 60 days later they hatch and the babies race to the sea. Mermaid Cottages has always been a proud supporter of the NESTS program and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center Sea Turtle Project. We are so proud to say Mermaid Morning Bliss helps our efforts!

We provide each cottage with our Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee for you to enjoy during your stay, but you can also take our unique taste of Tybee home with you! Email us at diane@mermaidcottages.com to order by the pound, or make sure you stop by Seaside Sisters while you are visiting for everything Mermaid Cottages, including our delicious Mermaid Morning Bliss! And, for more information about Tybee Sea Turtles or to find out how you can be involved, click here to visit the website or call (912) 786-5917 for more information.  Thank you for helping us support our sea turtles!

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It’s May! Welcome to the 2012 Tybee Island Sea Turtle Season!

Turtle Crawl, photo thanks to the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page

It’s May! You know what that means…Sea Turtle Season! That’s right, May first was the first official day of the 2012 sea turtle season! Mermaid Cottages loves our sea turtles! We always have several Mermaids and Mermen that are part of the 6 a.m. Turtle Patrol from May 1st through September 1st, where we walk the beaches of Tybee looking for signs of newly laid nests. We are definitely looking forward to the 2012 season and all it will bring!

photo by Amy Capello from the Tybee Sea Turtle Project

Spotting nests or crawls means sea turtles have arrived, so making sure you know about turtle-friendly habits is a must. Lights Out for the Sea Turtles is a very important part that! We must all do our parts to make sure baby sea turtles have the best conditions possible when they hatch so they can make it safely to the waiting waves. We’ve made sure our two beach front cottages- Doyle’s on the Beach and Crabby Jo’s– have sea turtle friendly lighting and that our guests know what to do to make their stay turtle friendly as well! What can you do to make Tybee safe for sea turtles?  Well, here are just a few healthy habits to adopt:

  • Don’t litter! Clean up behind yourself or pick up debris in the sand. Turtles can get entangled, or worse, mistake the garbage for food.
  • Turn off lights visible from the beach. Sea turtle hatchlings use light and reflections from the moon to find their way to the water at night. Artificial lighting can confuse them and cause them to head inland instead of out to sea. All those artificial lights may scare females away from nesting on the beach, too.  So please remember to turn off those lights!
  • Be Aware of Sea Turtle Nesting Areas. Nest will be marked, once found, and need to be respected. We know, baby sea turtles are precious, but it’s against the law to disturb nesting or hatchling turtles. Make sure to give nesting areas plenty of space, and do not disturb females as they emerge from the ocean to nest.

If you are walking the beach an notice a crawl, unmarked nest, or a sea turtle, make sure to contact (in this order): Tammy, Sea Turtle Project Coordinator – 912.484.3416, Tybee Island Marine Science Center – 912.786.5917, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources – 800.241.4113. We want to make sure every nest and every hatchling has the very best chance of making it!

photo by Layla and Kevin Palmer of TheLetteredCottage.net

Here at Mermaid Cottage, we love sea turtles so much even have our very own brand of coffee! It’s created just for us and supports the Sea Turtle Project in Georgia. Mermaid Morning Bliss is available in each cottage to enjoy during your stay and is also for sale at our favorite place to shop, Seaside Sisters here on Tybee! All profits go towards these projects. We are also avid supporters through the Tybee Island Marine Science Center and the annualTybee Turtle Trot 5K race held each spring to kick off Sea Turtle Season!

As you can probably tell, sea turtles are near and dear to our hearts. We love our sea creatures, oceans, and guests and we couldn’t be more proud that we try our very best to take care of all three! Make sure you keep up with all the happenings on the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page and right here on our blog. We can’t wait to see what this season brings! Viva la sea turtles!

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Live Like a Local: The 8th Annual Tybee Turtle Trot 5K Beach Run, April 28!

This Saturday, April 28th, is the 8th Annual Tybee Turtle Trot! The Tybee community looks forward to this 5K beach run every year! This amazing race is an annual event to raise funds for the Tybee Sea Turtle Project and is the kick off to Coastal Georgia’s sea turtle nesting season.

Come be a part of helping Tybee Island's sea turtles!

Georgia’s sea turtle season runs from May through October, and we do our best here on Tybee to make sure our sea turtles have the best nesting season ever! Sea Turtle Project Volunteers participate in daily dawn patrols to check for nests laid during the night. When a nest is found, the site is evaluated and any nests below the high tide line are carefully relocated. The nests are protected my marking them off, and daily monitoring. Its truly an amazing sight to discover a nest, and even more exciting to see the nest reach it’s boil, when the newly hatched sea turtles emerge from the nest and strike out toward the ocean! If you can’t make it to Tybee during sea turtle season, make sure to follow the Tybee Sea Turtle Project on Facebook!

photo by Nancy Futral on Tybee Sea Turtle Project FB page

It is so important to do everything we can to help sea turtles have their best chance at life! That’s just one reason we are avid supporters of the Tybee Turtle Trot! Help us help the sea turtles and join us this Saturday at the race! You can register online or even download a form on the race site. It is a $25 registration fee, or just $20 for members of the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Register before April 24th for your free tee shirt! Sign in starts at 7:00 a.m.and the race begins at 8:00 a.m. Just come and watch if running isn’t your thing, because there will also be a sea turtle release by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center around 9:30 a.m., all right in front of the Marine Science Center! We hope to see you there. Join us and get your trot on!

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How’s Your Penmanship?

I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter…and pretend that it came from you…

…and I’m gonna write it on a Mermaid Cottages Note Card  from the new collection by the fabulous Fifi Flowers!  There’s the new cottage collection and the always wonderful pet collection and Fifi’s wonderful, whimsical calendars to mark off the days until your next visit to Mermaid Cottages and Tybee Island…. read more

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Mermaid Cottages Morning Bliss Coffee

Oh, what a beautiful morning for Mermaid Cottages Morning Bliss Coffee and a great way to buy Made In America!

We are so excited to help support the Tybee Sea Turtles program through sales of our Mermaid Morning Bliss Coffee!

Mermaid Cottages has created its own line of Custom Coffees. The first to reach your cups this year is Mermaid Morning Bliss available exclusively in our Cottages or at Seaside Sisters. To order your Mermaid Coffee by the pound please email Diane!

Our Coffee makes a great souvenir or take-home gift, but best of all, the Mermaid Morning Bliss sales help support the Tybee Sea Turtles programs!

Sea Turtle Season: Tybee Island’s Sea Turtle season runs from May 1st thru Oct 31st. During this time Loggerhead Sea Turtles come to our beaches to lay their eggs, and 60 days later hatch, and the babies race to the sea.

Mermaid Cottages has always been a proud supporter of the NESTS program and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center Sea Turtle Project. Now, the Mermaid Morning Bliss will help us in these efforts!  For more information about Tybee Sea Turtles or to find out how you can be involved, click here to visit the website or call (912) 786-5917 for more information.

 

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Making a Difference, Mermaid Style!

Welcome to Tybee Island!

Mermaid Cottages has the coziest homes away from home in Tybee Island and Savannah, it’s true. But we’re more than vacation rentals; we’re part of a community. That’s why we are active with the local island community, including helping people and local organizations we believe in and love. That’s what our project, Mermaids Make a Difference, is all about! We invite you to jump right in and volunteer during your visit. Of course, we’d like for you to get involved if even just for the day as well!

Beach Sweep September 2011

We love giving back to our community and want to share every opportunity we know about with you! If you are looking for ways to be more involved, whether it’s during your vacation or just for the day, make sure to check out the Community tab on our website.  It’s a little thing we like to call Voluntourism on Tybee, and we’d love for you to join us in giving a little back! We have a list full of fabulous ways to get in there and give back. There are loads of upcoming events listed for you to choose from, like The Journey to Peace Walk to benefit the SAFE Shelter of Savannah on October 22nd, and The PurpleStride Savannah 5K to raise awareness and funds to fight Pancreatic Cancer November 12th, just to name a few. We also have Beach Sweeps planned on a regular basis, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy! You can even show off your Mermaid pride with a tee shirt from Seaside Sisters, where there are loads of other Mermaid Cottages goodies as well. Goodies that help you give back with each purchase!

Just by staying with Mermaid Cottages you are giving back! Your stay helps us support Tybee’s Sea Turtles and the guide dogs we sponsor each year!

Mermaid Cottages loves Tybee Island, and we know you do, too! We encourage you to take a little time during your visit to Tybee and join us in giving back to the community we hold so dear. We hope to see y’all real soon!

 

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A Wrap-up to the Tybee Turtle Season

photo by Amy Capello from the Tybee Sea Turtle Project

Great news! Nest Number Nine hatched September 16th! There were a few reports of disoriented babies, but they all made it to the waiting waves just fine. The wonderful people with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project excavated the evening of  September 20th and in all, 45 healthy babies hatched! There were no stragglers or casualties left in the nest, so this nest was a super success!

Tybee Island Sea Turtle ProjectIt’s a great way to wrap up the 2011 Tybee Island sea turtle season for sure! Thanks to everyone with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project for all your hard work and dedication. We can’t wait to see what the 2012 season will bring!

Turtle Crawl, photo thanks to the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page

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Tybee Sea Turtle News!

Tybee Island’s sea turtle Nest Eight began hatching Wednesday, September 7th! Thee were babies reported on the beach Thursday morning, though they all seemed to have made it to the water safely. There were even babies emerging Friday afternoon! This beautiful picture was shared by Nancy Futral on the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page wall and shows one little guy making his way to the waves!

photo by Nancy Futral on Tybee Sea Turtle Project FB page

Nancy is a wonderful example of someone who knows just what to do if you spot a sea turtle on the beach! Like Nancy, always call for assistance and never touch the sea turtles- they are protected by the Endangered Species Act. The wonderful volunteers with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project will be able to assist the babies as needed. If you find a sea turtle, turtle tracks, or an unmarked nest, please contact these resources in the following order: Tammy, Sea Turtle Project Coordinator – 912.484.3416, Tybee Island Marine Science Center – 912.786.5917, and Georgia DNR – 800.241.4113.

photo thanks to the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook page!

Nest Eight was excavated yesterday evening about 7:30 p.m. and a nice sized group showed up to watch and learn! There were loads of hatched eggs and two live stragglers! The two babies were helped along and made their way to the ocean safe to start their journey. Remember, excavations are open to the public, so if you are on the island and can make it, please feel free! Stay up to date on all the nest activity on the official Tybee Sea Turtle Project page on Facebook! Tybee is still watching Nest Nine for any signs of hatching, so there will be more sea turtle news to come!

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Tybee Island’s Nest 7 Hatches!

photo by Julie Cioni Corbin

Thanks to Julie Corbin for this gorgeous Tybee beach shot!

Our beloved Tybee Island sea turtles sent August out with a bang! Nest Seven hatched last Monday, August 29th, and about 80 babies made it safely to the waiting waves. The hard working people over at The Tybee Sea Turtle Project excavated Wednesday. The official Nest Seven news was… read more

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Tybee Island Sea Turtle News!

photo thanks to the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page

The summer season might be coming to an end, but Tybee Island‘s sea turtle season is still going strong! Our Nest 5 hatched Tuesday, August 16th, and the wonderful people with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project excavated Saturday evening. Excavations are open to the public, so there was a pretty good crowd there to watch and learn! There were no live stragglers or casualties found – just hatched eggs. Wonderful news! In all, 60 to 80 babies made their way to the waiting waves.

Nest 5 excavation, photo thanks to the Tybee Sea Turtle Project Facebook Page.

That’s not all either! Nest 6 hatched Wednesday, August 17th. It was a good thing Sybil from the Tybee Sea Turtle Project was there, too! The action began before the sun fully set, so she was able to make sure the babies made their way safely to the ocean. The Nest 6 excavation was held Sunday evening. Eighty-one hatched eggs were found, along with 11 undeveloped eggs, no stragglers, but on little guy that didn’t make it. That’s sad news, but not uncommon. Over all, the nest was a success!

photo by Amy Capello from the Tybee Sea Turtle Project

If you’d like to learn more about Tybee Island wildlife, especially our beloved sea turtles, make sure to check out the Tybee Island Marine Science Center here on the island. If you can’t visit in person, check out their website! There’s a lot of wonderful information, and you can even plan out your visit ahead of time. We really appreciate all the hard working scientists and volunteers with the Tybee Sea Turtle Project, and we are sure the sea turtles do, too! Stay tuned, the season isn’t over yet!

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