The Caswell Beach Turtle Watch is a private non-profit program staffed by volunteers. These volunteers are supervised by program members who hold permits from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. The purpose of the Caswell Beach Turtle Watch is to protect the threatened and endangered sea turtles that lay their eggs on Caswell Beach. Loggerhead turtles (Careta careta) are the most common sea turtle species to visit our beach and they nest from mid-May until mid-August.
See this wonderful video taken in September 2010 by Roshan Patel of a nest hatching on Caswell Beach. I know everyone wishes they could have seen the nest hatching live but we thank Roshan for sharing with us.
Seaturtle.org has created the Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring System as a data management network to help organizations distributed around the world to collect and store data in a standardized format for real-time comparison and monitoring of all participating nesting beaches. The system has been designed in cooperation with sea turtle coordinators in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Caswell Beach is part of the Nest Monitoring System and by clicking here you can go the nest monitoring site for Caswell Beach.
You can also “Adopt-A-Nest“. Sea turtle nest adoptions are environmentally friendly. Nothing will be sent to you in the mail. Instead you will receive your own customized adoption web page. Your $25 adoption helps support the nest monitoring program you select.
Each adoption includes:
- A certificate that you can print at home.
- Your own customized adoption web page.
- Your name on the nesting beach web page.
- Updates on the status of your adopted nest througout the nesting season.
So to Adopt-A-Nest from Caswell Beach click here.