Saturday, September 11

Friday Night:

  • Nest #72 Inventory (way up on the dune)
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-4
    • Hatched Egg Shells-91
  • The sunset was beautiful, but the bugs were active.

Saturday Morning:

Nest #75 hatched overnight with lots of tracks.  The tide was fairly high, but the turtles went west after they exited the runway.  A good number made it to the tidal area 30 yards or so west, others went towards the lights of the houses nearby with some turning back towards the water.  They took the long road for sure!
No other activity.  The tide was not as high as the previous night! 

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

Friday, September 10

Thursday Night:

Nest #69 had a hole at 7:15.  It boiled at 7:30 and with 118 hatchlings walking straight into the ocean by 7:45!  Team 2 is thrilled to have finally experienced a textbook boil!  They had a very nice and respectful crowd to witness the event!
Many greens were repaired and sand removed from runways and nest tops from the high tide damage.  The cold front moved in quickly and threatened more rain.

  Friday Morning:

Nest #78 boiled overnight with LOTS of tracks leading to the high tide line!  Some went to the side, but still made it to the water.  
Nests #46, #58, #74 had small crab holes. Nests #76 & #81 have additional sand build up that needs to be removed.

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

Thursday, September 9

Wednesday Night:

Nest #67 hatched at 8:16. There were 98 hatchlings with the help of Ambassadors Margot and Gary.
The tide was very high again with several nests over washed.  The lightning and rain sent everyone home.
Thursday Morning:

We have a very flat beach this morning.  The tide was higher than any of our King Tides this season.
Nest #73 looks like it hatched with a good number of hatchlings.  The # of tracks were hard to see due to the rain drops and wind marks.  It must have been at the time of the highest tide because the beach below the high tide line was very smooth.
Nest #78 has a crack and a small indentation.Nests #58 & #81 had crab holes (not in center).Nests #58, #76, #80, #81, #85 and Nesting Site 2 were over washed.

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

Wednesday, September 8

Tuesday Night: The tide was brutal last night and will be again tonight.  Thank you for all your efforts to protect your nests!  There is only so much we can do.

  • Nest #70 boiled at 7:05 pm with 58 hatchlings.  The tide then came in and eventually inundated the nest cavity.  Once the water reached the nest, permission was granted for an emergency excavation.  Fortunately, no hatchlings remained in the nest as water did reach the bottom.  Thanks go to Team 7 for their emergency assistance.
  • Nest #70 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-2 (they died before the water inundation)
    • Unhatched Eggs-17
    • Hatched Egg Shells-62

Wednesday Morning:

Despite all efforts, Nests #58. #76, #80, #85 and the large Nesting Site were overwashed last night and again this morning.  It was out of our control.We will hope for the best!

  • Nest #68 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-11
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 143

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

Tuesday, September 7

Monday Night:  Beautiful with a nice breeze!

  • Nest #64 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-28
    • Hatched Egg Shells-81
  • Nest #66 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-2
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-1
    • Unhatched Eggs-1
    • Hatched Egg Shells-138

Tuesday Morning:  Windless and buggy!

  • Nest #59 Inventory
    • Live hatchlings-0
    • Dead hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-13
    • Hatched Egg Shells-93 and pieces
  • Nest #59 had more hatchling tracks overnight before the inventory.
  • Nest # 72 hatched with lots of tracks down their engineered speedway.
  • Nest #68 had a small dimple.
  • Nests #58 & #80 had crab holes.

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

Sunday, September 5

Saturday Night:

It was a beautiful night, but the bugs were fierce at some nests!  Did you see the two Osprey flying down the beach?

  •  Nest #62 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-1
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Hatchlings-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-7
    • Hatched Egg Shells-105
  • Nest #68 Boiled at10:45 with 139 hatchlings!!!!  They did well down the runway until they hit the wet sand.  50 + were led toward the street light at Tom Hess. (The darkness of the sky made the street lights and house lights all too inviting!) Team 6 along with Turtle Ambassadors John, Sheila, Patrick, Shannon and Jacob worked until MIDNIGHT making sure all the hatchlings were found and redirected.  WOW!  Good work, Team!

Sunday Morning:

Nest #68 had 4 more turtle tracks in the runway this morning.  One track led from the water over to Nest #46 and back to the water.  Talk about a wayward turtle!
Nest #58 had a lot of crab tracks.

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

Saturday, September 4

Friday Night:

  • Team 9 had to bring in an Environmental Specialist to green Nest #72.  Aren’t they lucky to have Brittany on their team?  They did their best to preserve the Sea Oats and the dune structure while giving the turtles a path to the ocean.
  • Nest #59 started hatching at 10:55.  When Gail and Allen arrived, 50 hatchlings were already trotting to the water.  By 12:05, 90 hatchlings made it to the ocean.  There were 2 more stragglers for a total of 92.  Team 5 wishes to thank their Turtle Ambassadors from NY who helped tremendously!
  • Bugs were really bad out for all teams!

Saturday Morning:

  • Nest #59 had one more hatchling with the cutest little tracks!
  • Nests #58 and #67 had crab holes.

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

Friday, September 3

Thursday Night:

Nest #66 hatched with 131 baby turtles heading straight for the ocean!

Friday Morning:

  • Nest #64 hatched overnight with LOTS of tracks in the runway!
  • Nest #62 had one more hatchling track in the runway.
  • Nest #66 had several more tracks in the runway.  That nest was relocated with 140 eggs.  131 + the several more = not many left to hatch, if any!!!
  • Green has been left up to the upper 70’s-early 80’s, just in case!

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

Thursday, September 2

Wednesday Night: It was a windy, sand blowing night!

  • Nest #65 Inventory
    • Live Hatchling-21
    • Dead Hatchlings-2
    • Pipped Eggs-22 (There was heavy, wet sand in the nest)
    • Unhatched Eggs-3
    • Hatched Egg Shells-94

Thursday Morning:

  • No hatchling emergences overnight.
  • Nest #46 had a crab hole in the back right corner, again.
  • The wind piled up sand on many runways, and even on top of wire cages.  Nests #67 and #69 are badly covered.

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