Sunday, August 11

Morning patrol:

  • Nests 44 had a dead hatchling, 55 had 2 turtle tracks, 42 had 1 dead hatchling, 2 tracks to the water and “9” written in runway, 41 had a big crab hole and an eggshell on top
  • Crab holes – 79, 43, 51, 32, 42, 41

Last night:

  • Nest 55 had a dead hatchling by the nest
  • Nest 104! Wildnest.  Jamie saw tracks converging so we dug and came across hatchlings so we left it for inventory on Tuesday.

Inventory:

  • Nest 30 – 115 shells and 7 unhatched
  • Nest 35 – 106 shells, 13 unhatched and 2 pipped
  • Nest 38 – 111 shells and 9 unhatched
  • Nest 40 – 110 shells, 4 unhatched, 6 pipped, 4 dead and 7 live
  • Nest 103 wildnest located and inventoried- 136 shells, 1 unhatched and 1 live hatching 

Saturday, August 10

Morning patrol:

  • Nests 43 and 55 hatched during the night
  • Nests had more hatchlings: 18 (1), 44 (lots), 55 (2 live in the runway and 2 already watched by visitors), 40 (few + 1 dead) 
  • Crab holes – 41, 48 and 68

Last night:

  • Nest 32 had 2 more hatchlings emerge
  • Nest 42 boiled around 10:45 with 69 hatchlings
  • Nest 44 had a slow boil with 41 hatchlings eventually making it to the water

Inventory:

  • Nest 29 – 147 shells and 20 unhatched (Big Nest 167 eggs)
  • Nest 36 – 112 shells, 5 unhatched, 3 pipped and 2 live
  • Nest 39 – 100 shells, 4 unhatched and 7 live

Friday, August 9

Did y’all hear the Hallelujah Chorus a little after 10 last night?  Nest 18 finally hatched at 66 days.  Team 2 has been sitting at nest 18 for 2 WHOLE WEEKS and finally….

Morning patrol:

  • Nests had more hatchlings: 41 (several), 39 (several), 42 (1), 40 (several), 35 (some), 34 (1), 
  • Crab holes – 73, 74, 32, 55

Last night:

  • Nest 41 boiled @9:15 with 87 hatchlings 
  • Nest 34 boiled at 9:45 with 116 hatchlings
  • Nest 18 boiled @10:15-ish with 57 hatchling
  • Nest 32 caved in at 11, boiled at 12:40 with 95 hatchlings
  • Nest 42 had 1 hatchling at 11:30

Inventory nest 27 – 107 shells, 6 unhatched, 1 dead and 1 live hatchling

Thursday, August 8

WHEW!  Turtles are popping up all over!

Crabs at nests 40 and 34

More hatchling tracks at 36 (1), 30 (several), 35 (1), 39 (1), 38 (more)

Wild nest #101 located at 601 walkway. 

We have had hatchling tracks all over the area so I went out this morning to attempt locating.  When I found nest 101, the dig in stirred the hatchlings and we had a boil.  There were so many that we put down green and built a runway.  Best count was more than 70 emerged.  With all the prior tracks and this number, we decided to excavate.  119 shells, 8 unhatched, 9 pipped and 15 more live ones in the nest.  With that many still in the nest, there must be another wild nest in the area.  There are just too many tracks.

Last night:

  • Nest 40 boiled around 8:00 with 59 turtles and some really excited visitors
  • Nest 30 boiled at 10:00 with 102 hatchlings
  • Nest 35 boiled @ 11:57 with 101 hatchlings
  • Nest 38 had 1 more hatchling
  • Inventory nest 26 – 121 shells, 6 unhatched and 2 live hatchlings

Wednesday, August 7

Morning patrol had lots of news this morning:

  • The most exciting was that nest 38 boiled just as they pulled up.  65 hatchlings made it to the water. 
  • Nest 27 had a lot more hatchlings
  • Nest 29 boiled during the night and they were everywhere but visitors on the beach corralled them to the water.
  • Nest 36 hatched during the night.
  • Nest 39 more hatchling tracks
  • Nest 38 boiled this morning.
  • Nest 40 had 2 hatchling tracks outside the green
  • Nest 44 has a crevice
  • Nest 18 and 46 had crab holes

Not sure what’s up with nest 18 (65 days) but Team 2 gets the “Most Dedicated” award.  It could still happen.  Unlike nest 18, nests are starting to hatch at 50 and 51 days, especially the relocated nests.  We probably need to move our green day back to 48 days.  Again, if you need help just let us know.  The tide has receded so be sure you get as close to the high tide line as is comfortable.

Last night:

  • Nest 39 boiled around 11 with 65 turtles
  • Inventory nest 31 – 130 shells, 6 unhatched, 1 pipped, 1 dead and 10 live hatchlings
  • Inventory nest 33 –  96 shells, 10 unhatched, 20 pipped, 3 dead and 20 live hatchlings

Monday, August 5

Morning Patrol:

  • Nest 81 – fox dug in but just barely 
  • Nest 46 – crab hole
  • More hatchlings in 33 and 100
  • Nest 91 overwashed
  • Nest 26 had a dead hatchling in the runway this morning.  Looked like crab bite. 

Last night:

  • Nest 26 caved in at 9:45 and boiled at 10:35 with 109 hatchlings
  • Nest 33 had 55 emerge at 9:10, then 1 more at 11ish.
  • Inventory nest 22- 87 shells, 9 unhatched, 2 pipped and 1 dead hatchling

Sunday, August 4

No new nest, no new crawls.  We have 100 nests and 75 are still incubating.  I’m exhausted and I’m not even out there every night.  Hang in there and let us know when you need a break.

Nest 31 hatched last night at 51 days so now we’ve had 2 @51 days, 2@52 days and emergence @48 days.  Be sure to put green out at least by day 50.  I believe green has been delivered up to nest 44.  If you need more, let me know.  In case of emergency, look at the nests near you.

Nests overwashed: 22, 50, 84, 94, 62, 91 and 71

Water in the runway at 27 and 29

Nest 69 was wet

Nest 46 lost 15 more eggs to fox.  51 was dug slightly.  They will be covered today.

Nest 31 had 1 more hatchling this morning.

Nest 100 had 2/3 more emerge during the night.

Last night inventory:

Nest 21- 77 shells and 8 unhatched

Nest 28 – 109 shells, 9 unhatched, 1 pipped and 2 live hatchlings

Saturday, August 3

Morning patrol:

A fox dug into nests 46 and 51.  It didn’t get to the eggs on 46 but big crab track on the side.  51 had 2 eggshells on the surface.

Overwash at nests 37, 50, and 91

Hatchling tracks in 33 (1 or 2), 28 (couple of tracks)

Nest 31 had a crevice

Last night:

Volunteers watching a hatchling making its way at nest 33 had a huge surprise.  Nest #100 was boiling between nests 33 and 60.  Yes, another wild nest that produced 118 very misoriented hatchlings.  They were determined to go backwards and west.  Thank you Jamie, Wanda and a very helpful visitor for being there.

Inventory nest 15: 83 shells, 5 unhatched, 2 dead and 1 live

Inventory nest 17: 130 shells, 5 unhatched, 3 pipped and 2 live

Friday, August 2

The tide will still be high the next couple of days but I think we are past the worst as long as the wind cooperates.  Thank you for looking after our nests and each other.

Morning Patrol:

Nest #22 hatched and 3 hatchlings were still in the runway this morning

Nest #33 had 1 hatchling emerge

Nests #28 had more hatchlings

Nests 21, 39, 65 and 69 had crab tracks

Nesting site 2 flooded, NS 2 is fine

Last night:

Nest 37 was under water again but the others did okay thanks to volunteers and our volunteer families that helped us keep the water away.

Nest 22 had 2 teenagers that were determined to keep the water away and a couple of the volunteers from team 9 took care of nest 59.

Inventories:

Nest #23- 109 shells, 13 unhatched 4 pipped and 17 live hatchling