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IDA staff working on Florida sea turtle restoration project.

IDA staff working on Florida sea turtle restoration project.

With decades of direct hands-on experience in outdoor lighting, the International Dark-Sky Association’s professional staff can be contracted for a wide variety of projects. IDA has technical expertise in all facets of outdoor lighting, with significant experience in dark sky friendly lighting, night sky brightness monitoring, lighting for wildlife protection and more.

IDA’s current and recent work includes performing coastal lighting surveys for endangered sea turtle protection. This work for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has brought the IDA team to the beaches of 25 conservation areas in the Florida Panhandle to document lighting installations that could negatively impact nesting and hatching sea turtles.

As a part of our sea turtle work, we performed all-sky measurements of the night sky brightness in each of the conservation areas. To improve conditions on the beaches, IDA made turtle-friendly lighting recommendations and will return to evaluate conditions after the lighting changes have been implemented.

IDA also works to help cities draft and adopt outdoor lighting ordinances. Currently, the city of Malibu, California, has contracted us to draft and implement an outdoor lighting code that meets the unique needs of their community.

IDA is also working with the U.S. National Park Service through a cooperative agreement to help the agency implement lighting survey methods in their national parks. The new methods will allow field surveyors to use mobile devices to track light fixture locations on “georeferenced” maps of park buildings, roads and trails.

Finally, IDA has also worked with Pepperdine University to make all-sky measurements of night sky brightness to evaluate the impact of their sports lighting.

Find out what IDA can do for you by contacting IDA Executive Director Scott Feierabend at scottf@darksky.org.