Wednesday, October 6

THAT’S A WRAP!

The last nest of the season was inventoried last night!  Nest #83 was way above the high tide line near the dune grass in front of the 100 Villa.  Even though it was not over-washed by the tide, it appears there was possibly some rain inundation at some point. Many of the unhatched eggs had a light orange tint. 

  • Nest #83 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-1
    • Unhatched Eggs-31
    • Hatched Egg Shells-41

Wednesday Morning:The last of the green, signs and poles were picked up this morning on our last Morning Patrol ride of 2021!

All in all we had a very successful season!! Thank you for your hard work and dedication! 

This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST03)

Tuesday, October 5

Sunday night and Monday morning gave nothing to report but a beautiful and quiet beach.

  Teresa called Matthew to ask about excavating Nest #80 earlier than 80 days since the washovers continued even over the weekend.  He agreed.
There was no further activity at Nest #83 overnight.
We are also officially changing Nesting Site #2 to a False Crawl.

  • Nest #80 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-3
    • Pipped Eggs-44
    • Unhatched Eggs-62
    • Hatched Egg Shells-7 
    • So, 4 hatchlings made it out of the nest at some point!!!  1 (or all) of those could be the 1 in 1000!!

This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST03)

Sunday, October 3

Nest #83 had one more hatchling emerge last night at about 7:00. This one knew where he was supposed to go, straight to the water, and didn’t look back!

Unfortunately, thanks to Hurricane Sam’s extra high tides, Nest #80 was over washed again. Special thanks to the caller yesterday who retrieved some of the green that was being washed away!

This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST03)

Saturday, October 2

Friday Night:

Oh, What a Night! 40 hatchlings from Nest #83 finally decided to make an appearance with several visitors present to see (Day 67).  Unfortunately they battled a tidal pool and some very distracting lights.  After many trips up and down the runway we had to bucket them and take them to the edge of the water.  Even after making it into the water, dozens of them came back to the beach!  A fisherman found 1 hatchling about 50 yards away going back towards the lights!  Team #3 had called in reinforcements as many of their members were out of town and sadly missed the boil (they’ve been sitting for almost 2 weeks!).  Special thanks to Wanda, Gail and Allen for their help!

  Saturday Morning:

No additional activity over night.  It was a beautiful and crisp Fall morning on the beach!

This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST03)

Friday, October 1

Thursday Night:

It was a buggy night, but a successful inventory for the nest in the dune!

  • Nest #86 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-9
    • Hatched Egg Shells-101

Friday Morning:

No Turtle activity, but there sure were a LOT of boats out there!  Cheers for the King Mackerel Tournament!

This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST03)

Thursday, September 30

Wednesday Night:

We had 2 great inventories last night!

  • Nest #84 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-4
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-7
    • Hatched Egg Shells-98
  • Nest #85 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-3
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-1
    • Unhatched Eggs-1
    • Hatched Egg Shells-94

Thursday Morning:

Nest #86 had a big crab hole, but no shells dug out.

This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST03)

Monday, September 27

Sunday Night:

Wonderful temperatures, flat water, but buggy and no action!

Monday Morning:

I received a call in the wee hours from a visitor that Nest #86 had hatched.  He reported that all the turtles appeared to have gone to the water.  Morning Patrol checked out the scene this morning. Several wiggled through a gap in the green that was created by their emergence hole. Looks like a small number of hatchlings near the top were probably confused by the lighthouse, but there were a lot of tracks down where the runway widened to the high tide line.

Now we are waiting on Nests #80-Day 67 , #83-Day 63 and the Nesting Site-Day 64.

This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST03)

Sunday, September 26

Saturday Night:

  • Nest #82 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0 (the last little one dug out yesterday morning)
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-4
    • Hatched Egg Shells-86
    • This was the Mama that nested just several yards away while many of us were sitting at Nest #1!  She did good!
  • Nest #84 hatched at about 10:45 with the help of Turtle Ambassadors Mark and Diane along with another couple!  42+ hatchlings were seen to the water and then 1 more emerged at about 11:20. 

 Sunday Morning:

NEST #85 hatched overnight with LOTS of tracks in the runway!!!  This is especially GREAT news as this nest was overwashed many times in the storm high tides and even again last week!

  Nest #84 may have had a few more tracks.

This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Caswell Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST03)