New Season Starting Soon

The 2017 Turtle Season is almost here!  Beginning May 1st, the Turtle Watch Morning Patrol will search Caswell Beach for any tracks left by a mother turtle who might be laying eggs.  If a nest is discovered, it will be marked and assigned a sequential number, starting with 1.

Hopefully 2017 will continue the trend of increasing number of nests as experienced in the previous 2 years!

2016 Summary

Recap of 2016 Season

  • 137 Crawls
    • 59 Nests
    • 78 False Crawls
  • Nests
    • 17 Relocated – 28.8%
      • 2 nests relocated from Southport (#2 & #50)
      • 8 nests from east end
    • 42 In Situ
  • Relocated Nests
    • 1831 eggs
    • 997 hatchlings
    • Nests 48, 49, & 50 were all relocated – 267 eggs lost from Hermine
  • 6413 egg shells counted
  • 1463 unhatched or pipped
  • 4458 emerged hatchlings – 69.5% emergence success
  • Overall 74.4% hatch success
  • 108.7 average eggs per nest
    • Range 61-177 eggs
    • 118 eggs was our most recurring number of eggs
  • Incubation Days
    • Average 52.3 Days
    • Range 44-65 Days
  • 35.7 Average crawl width
  • Volunteers
    • 69 Volunteers on our list
    • 61 Volunteers reporting time & travel
      • 4,040 Hours reported
      • 20,437 Miles driven