Wednesday, August 3

We had 1 false crawl today.  They almost missed it because she came in and out right over a mid-beach escarpment!  No new nests.

Nests #12 and #22 had a couple more hatchlings emerge.

Nest #16 Inventory

  • Live- 0
  • Dead- 0
  • Pipped- 0
  • Unhatched Eggs- 14
  • Hatched Egg Shells- 94

Nest #19 Inventory

  • Live- 1
  • Dead- 0
  • Pipped- 0
  • Unhatched Eggs- 92
  • Hatched Egg Shells- 12
  • This nest was overwashed early in incubation by the first King TIde.  The Team knew of 6 that emerged. They are thrilled there were an additional 6 more!

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

Tuesday, August 2

LOTS of action to report today!!!

Nest #15 Inventory

  • Live- 0
  • Dead- 0
  • Unhatched- 22
  • Hatched Egg Shells- 92
  • Shredded Pieces- LOTS
  • This was a relocated nest of 152 Eggs, so those shreds were from about 38 eggs.

While this was happening, Nest #89 (the 16 relocated possibly viable eggs from the Wild nest at Southport) started activity.  We had placed it right next to #15 for easy monitoring.  5 hatchlings emerged a bit later!!!

At the SAME time as above, Nest #20 started hatching!  Many beach visitors and families were treated to a dusk boil.  Tim Harrison got some great video!

Just a bit later we got a call about Nest #22 hatching.  Turtle Ambassadors from Greensboro helped get out more green and watched hatchlings for safety!  We were able to help about 46 hatchlings get to the water.  4 more came out a little later and there were more tracks in the runway this morning as well as 3 more hatchlings!

THEN, Nest #23 hatched with 98 hatchlings!  They had several disoriented, but all made it to the water. There was 1 more track in the runway this morning.

WHEW!

This morning was a little quieter.  No new nests and no false crawls.

Nest #12  had 1 hatchling track!!! This is the nest that had an animal dig out 33 eggs and had been overwashed at least once.  

Nest #21 had 1 hatchling on his back in the runway.  Poor guy!  He was released!

Get ready, our evenings are getting busier!!!

Thanks for all you are doing to help our Turtles!

Jamie

Tim’s Videos:

Pictures of Nest #20 attached

Nest #15 Inventory 

Forgot to mention, Team 8 thought they found a wild nest as they were setting up distance poles!  They did a great job digging it up and sorting the eggs.  Turns out it was an old nest from last year, but it was still exciting!  Thanks for your diligence, Team 8!

Some hatchlings from Nest #87.

This is truly amazing!

Nest #18 Inventory

  • Live- 3
  • Dead- 0
  • Unhatched- 11
  • Hatched Egg Shells- 97

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

Nesting Guidelines for Visitors

We have added the following to our Forms and Documents page:

Recent events have prompted us to make the following statements. If you see a perimeter (stakes/rope) set up by CBTW volunteers on the beach, that perimeter must be respected during all nest activities, hatchings, or excavations. There should not be any persons or dogs inside perimeters except CBTW volunteers. Please stay outside the perimeter and do not walk in the runways. If you are walking on the beach at night, please do not shine your flashlights towards turtle nests, runways or in the faces of our volunteers. Keep the lights pointed towards the wet sand. We do not want to stop your family fun of ghost crab hunting, but we do need to keep our turtle areas safe from distraction.
If you see activity at a nest, PLEASE CALL US! Again, turn off all lights (white or red) and do not use flash photography! We will advise you on what needs to be done until a permitted volunteer arrives. IT IS NEVER OK FOR ANYONE TO DIG INTO A NEST!
If you see a hatchling on the beach (washed back from the ocean or wandering in the wrong direction), PLEASE CALL US! Again, turn off all lights (white or red) and do not use flash photography! We will advise you on what needs to be done until a permitted volunteer arrives.
If you see a Mama Turtle on the beach at night, PLEASE CALL US, turn off all lights (white or red) and do not use flash photography! Your lights will cause her to be disoriented or scared so she may not nest. Stay at least 25 feet behind her at all times. Do not walk around her while she is digging! You may watch, but be quiet and respectful of her space. Once she is finished, please stay off the nesting site area. Our Patrol will need to examine the area to be able to locate the nest chamber.
Per State Guidelines associated with our Permit, nest excavations/hatchling releases will not be shared on social media. If you happen to see any of our CBTW Turtle Teams on the beach, feel free to stop by and join us for the experience!

Monday, August 1

Nest #17 Inventory

  • Live-1
  • Dead-1
  • Pipped Eggs-1
  • Unhatched-41
  • Hatched Egg Shells-80
  • This nest was naturally laid in a dune with thick roots in the nest cavity.  It was very difficult to extract the nest contents!  

Nest #24 Inventory

  • Live-6
  • Dead-0
  • Pipped-2
  • Unhatched Eggs-14
  • Hatched Egg Shells-81
  • We relocated this nest from Southport and knew there were 109 eggs, so the count is off by 12.  There were lots of shredded egg shell pieces that could not be counted as >50%.
  • Team 0 would like to thank all the volunteers who helped us with the inventory crowd!!!  There was great education happening!

OVERNIGHT ACTIVITY

  • Nest #21 hatched with lots of tracks
  • Nest #22 had one hatchling emerge, but it was caught by a crab
  • Nest #93 was laid near the high tide line. 66 eggs were relocated to a safer location.  The end of laying season is approaching and clutch sizes are getting smaller!

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

Sunday, July 31

We had 3 false crawls this morning.  1 was obvious, she couldn’t get up the mid-beach escarpment.  The other 2 had apparent human footprints as well as dog prints all around and even on top of the nesting area.  Sadly, these mamas were probably scared off by human curiosity.

Nest #16 had a large crab hole

Nest #18 may have had another hatchling and a large crab hole

Nest #19 had 2 indentions

Nest #24 had 4 more hatchlings emerge last night , 2 at about 10:00 pm and 2 close to midnight.

Happy Note: Nest #13 Inventory this morning:

  • Live Hatchlings-0
  • Dead Hatchlings-1
  • Unhatched Eggs-10
  • Hatched Egg Shells-112

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

Saturday, July 30

Last night was another sand blowing, busy night and we had 1 new nest this morning!

Nest #8 was Inventoried with excited visiting families attending!

  • Live Hatchlings-1
  • Dead Hatchlings-0
  • Unhatched Eggs-13
  • Pipped Eggs-1
  • Hatched Egg Shells-106

Nest #24 had a sweet lone hatchling appear a little before 8pm.  More than a dozen beach visitors got to see his walk of fame!  This morning there were 3 more hatchling tracks in the runway!

Nests #16 and #18 had turtles emerge.  Thanks to the Adams family for their help with #18!  Nest #18 also had a few more tracks this morning.

Nests #15 and #89 (relocated from Southport after excavation on Pebble Beach) each had 1 hatchling track in the runway.

Nest #92 was laid in some nice soft and dry sand!  It was a pretty crawl!

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

Friday, July 29

It was a quiet morning with no activity, but last night was hopping!!!

Nest #14 had a nice Inventory with a couple of families in attendance.

  • Live Hatchlings-8
  • Dead Hatchlings-0
  • Unhatched Eggs-3
  • Hatched Egg Shells-111

Nest #15 boiled with 112 hatchlings within 9 minutes and 2 others later!

Nest #17 had a few come out earlier in the week and 78 hatchlings within about 30 minutes last night around 10pm.

Nest #19 had 1 more emerge last night. 

Nest #24 had 11 more hatchlings emerge last night with a few dozen respectful observers.

The sand is still blowing like crazy, especially in the evenings, causing havoc with our runways and nest tops.  Sure hope that calms down soon!  Teresa and I will be spending more and more time at Nest #9 (Day 64) now until it hatches. OKI’s Leatherback has not hatched yet and they are on Day 74! 

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

Thursday, July 28

The action is picking up!

Nests #13, #17, #19 and #24 had hatchlings emerge in varying numbers last night. Nest #13 hatched while it was still light enough to actually see the hatchlings and the visitors were thrilled.

We had 1 new nest and no false crawls.

Nest #91 looks to have been our missing back flipper mama.  The nest was laid at the high tide line, so we relocated 57 eggs to a safer location.  

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

Wednesday, July 27

We had a bit of an adventure today!  The buggy is having some issues, so we had to implement Morning Patrol Plan B.  We split up the beach into sections and 10 of us patrolled by walking.  It went very well but we had to have Gary ready with his truck to haul nesting supplies to the accesses.

Susan found the eggs for Nest #90 today.  What a great birthday present for her!  Happy Birthday, Susan!!  Visitors called late last night to let us know they were watching the Mama from a respectful distance.  We appreciated the call!

Another crawl was found about 100 yards away.  Mama crawled high into and over a dune.  We dug and dug and were not able to locate an egg chamber.  The crawl widths are very close, so it could have been the same turtle.  There were also some four footed animal tracks, crab tracks and possibly human tracks nearby so Mama may have been scared away.  We are calling this a false crawl.

Nest #5 had about 5 hatchlings emerge and crawl over the back of the runway from sand build up.  The wind and sand has been brutal!  Thankfully, some of the tracks led to the high tide line.

Nest #14 had “+2 10:14 pm” written in the runway.

Nest #17  had 4 hatchlings emerge last night on day 54 and a few more tracks were seen in the runway this morning

Pebble Beach Patrol found Otter Tracks and Alligator Tracks!  WOW!

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

Pebble Beach 1
Pebble Beach 2
Pebble Beach 3

Tuesday, July 26

Lots of excitement overnight and this morning!  

Nest #8 hatched at about 9:50 with 96 hatchlings and some very helpful residents!  We have some new Turtle Ambassadors!  2 more hatchlings emerged at some point later.

Nest #14 had 4 more hatchlings emerge after 9:40 last night with more helpful visitors!

*Pebble Beach Patrol found lots of hatchling tracks today!  They came from behind an area that was previously marked as a false crawl.  Mama had crawled over a log into Marsh grass.  When a “Wild” nest is found, an immediate excavation is completed.  We are calling this Nest #89.

  • Live Hatchlings-16
  • Dead Hatchlings-2 (one was used for DNA testing)
  • Unhatched Eggs-77 (The nest cavity was very wet at the bottom which made it difficult for the lower eggs to develop. 16 plump white eggs were relocated because of possible viability)
  • Hatched Egg Shells-42

We had Nest #88 on the East End that had to be moved.  74 eggs were relocated to a safer location. There were also 2 false crawls!

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