Monday, July 4

Happy Independence Day!  We hope you are able to enjoy the day safely with family and friends!

We had 3 False crawls this morning and A LOT of trash.  Much of the trash was debris from the Refugee Boat that washed ashore yesterday on Caswell Beach.  We picked up pieces of Styrofoam and water bottles (unlike the kind we have in the US.  The attached picture is only what we picked up on the east end.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY:

We will begin officially sitting at Nest #1 tonight.  Feel free to join us if you don’t have any other plans tonight and the weather is clear!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Sunday, July 3

The East Point had action again today (2 False Crawls).  We’ve decided they are trying to find Religion at the Baptist Assembly beach! One was obvious and the other they dug to China to make sure!

Nest #61 was located in a different area this morning in a safe place!  

We are happy to report that we suffered no issues with TS Colin!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Saturday, July 2

Whew!  Hold on to your hats today!  This morning we had Lisa Anderson from the State Port Pilot riding along with us.  We had 2 new nests, 1 false crawl and 1 injured Shearwater Bird (taken to Sea Biscuit Rescue)!

Nest #59 was laid very deeply in an area known for ground water problems.  102 eggs were relocated to a safer location!

Nest #60 was laid by our Southport Mama on the river beach!  We relocated 90 eggs to a safe location on Caswell Beach.This nest surely would have been washed away with the upcoming storm!  Our Pebble Beach Patrol was really excited to get to see the process of following the crawl and locating the eggs!  We are grateful to our members in The Landing and their neighbors for their watchful eyes out there!!!

The false crawl was an obvious in and out U-Turn.

We checked all the nests and their areas for possible issues with Tropical Storm Colin.  We are hoping and praying all will be well as the storm passes our coast!  The wind is strong and the waves are rough even now. 

Stay Safe out there!!!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Friday, July 1

The rain held off so we could get our patrol in this morning!

We have 2 new nests and 1 false crawl!  On this date last year we had 54 nests, so we are in good shape!

Nest #57’s Mama crawled through a marked Nesting Site!  This site will be “Guarded” well!

Nest #58’s Mama also crawled through a marked nest!  She knocked down the poles and string in the process, poor thing!  Patrol righted the poles and got things cleaned up!

We aren’t sure what happened with the false crawl.  She stopped in two areas, but never dug into the sand.

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Thursday, June 30

We had 2 nests this morning, both laid high and dry!  We also enjoyed several visitors who got to observe the excitement and learn more about the process!

One family called last night just before midnight to report a turtle nesting.  They were thrilled to observe the miracle from a respectful distance!  The Mama for this nest crawled over 2 exposed Christmas Trees from last year’s dune project.  Sea turtles do not see well on land and will run into or crawl over anything in their way.  We hope she wasn’t injured in the process!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Wednesday, June 29

2 False Crawls, both on the East End.  Two different turtles according to the crawl width.  One mama looks to have been harassed by Coyotes.  There were Coyote tracks all over and around her crawl area.  Poor thing!

Nest #54 was beautifully laid in a safe area!

Our Southport Patrol has been checking the river beach.  It is NOT an easy trek!  No crawls to report lately.  Thanks Team!!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Tuesday, June 28

We have Nest #53!    114 eggs were relocated to a safer location!  It was laid on the East End where there has been a lot of erosion.  So far this season 11 nests have been moved from the East End!  WOW!  I can’t wait to get the data from these Mama’s to see how many are repeat nesters or related! 

We also had 2 false crawls.  Unfortunately our buggy didn’t like the sand anymore than that mama and got stuck.  SHOUT OUT to Chief Sam Massey from Caswell Beach Police for pulling it out so Patrol could continue down the beach!!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Monday, June 27

We had 4 new nests today and 0 false crawls!!!  2 Mamas laid very near each other!  Sisters perhaps?

  • Nest #49 was laid right on a high tideline, so 91 eggs were relocated back towards the dunes.
  • Nest #50 was laid below a high tideline, so 118 eggs were relocated back towards the dunes and away from a resident’s pathway.
  • Nest #51 was laid about 25-30 yards from Nest #50 high at the duneline.
  • Nest #52 was also in a safe area!  So happy our numbers are growing again!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Saturday, June 26

We had no crawls on Saturday, but today made up for it!  There were 3 new nests and 3 false crawls!  

  • Nest #46 was laid on the East end AGAIN and just under a sloughing dune.  134 eggs were relocated to a safer location!
  • Nest #47 was laid precariously close to a high tideline. 120 Eggs were relocated back to a safer distance.
  • Nest #48 was also laid on the high tideline.  104 Eggs were relocated to a safe location.

A sweet family got to watch our patrol in action and learn about the process!

Thanks, Morning Patrol!!!  You are AWESOME!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).

Friday, June 24

We had 0 false crawls and 1 new nest this morning at the east end.  They sure are liking that area this season!  Unfortunately, it needed to be moved.  Nest #45 had 112 eggs moved to a safer location.

Also, check out our new logo!  We will use it for our Facebook page, website and will have some decals soon!

**This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 22ST03).