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)

Saturday, September 25

Friday Night:

Special thanks to Turtle Ambassadors Ben and Jamee for rescuing a turtle hatchling from Kingsley Street Park in Southport Friday evening! Poor baby was very lost, walking circles around a park street light! How in the world did it get there? Possibly dropped by a bird? We may never know! He was very spunky and didn’t appear to have any injuries and was taken to the beach to be released.  Thanks also to Team 2 for helping with his release!

Saturday Morning:

Nest #82 had another hatchling emerge this morning.  Morning Patrol arrived just in time to see him make it to the water!  Looks like he took a long journey with a few twists and turns down the runway.
No other activity to report, but look at that beautiful sunrise!

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

Friday, September 24

Thursday Night:

  • Nest #60 was inventoried at 80 days because we had not seen any indications of hatching.  Well, it was a pleasant surprise for team 7 when they discovered empty shells!  It must have hatched during a rain storm probably about 22-26 days!
  • Nest #60 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-6
    • Hatched Egg Shells-59

Friday Morning:

Nest #82 had 1 more hatchling emerge overnight.

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

Thursday, September 23

Quiet night and quiet morning.  The beach is flat from the tides and rain.

Nest #58 Inventory (after 80 days of incubation)This nest suffered overwashes early and all through the critical incubation period.  Sadly, all of the eggs were unhatched.  One was even hot pink on the INSIDE.  There was also standing water in the nest cavity.
Unhatched Eggs-96 (Whole-91, Damaged-5)

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

Wednesday, September 22

Tuesday Night:
Teresa and I got to meet up with KC (Karen Clark) from NCWRC for a quick face to face.  She loved our beach!  We discussed tidal issues and shared successes as well as losses.  She has some good ideas rolling for next year!  Also, she is open to suggestions for future lessons.  
Nest #82 started showing some activity under the sand a little after 7:00 last night.  81 hatchlings boiled out between 7:46 and 8:05 with a few distracted by the street light.  While checking the top of the nest, another hatchling was discovered! Thanks to Ed for the call alerting us to activity. Special thanks to Ambassadors Jason, Britney and their sweet daughters Maggie and Eleanor Miller from Catawba, NC. Great counting girls!

Wednesday morning:

No new activity to report today.We have received DNA results for Nests #76-#86.  I will get those reports to the assigned teams later today.  We have not received any information on Nests #26-#75 or the Kemp’s nests, yet.

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

Tuesday, September 21

We’ve had a quiet couple of nights and days out there. Morning Patrol was able to get out between down pours, but didn’t see any evidence of emergences.  Sand washed in the runways and high tides caused some overwashes on the nests near the lighthouse.

  There are 9 nests left on the beach, counting Nesting Site #2.  We are currently waiting on the 80th days to inventory Nests #58 & #60.

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

Monday, September 20

Sunday night was a beautiful night on the beach with an almost full moon.  Unfortunately we did not have any nests hatch. Tonight is the full moon so maybe there will be some activity then.

The Morning Patrol reported that it was a beautiful morning on the beach.  The only activity was tiny crab holes at nests 58 and 80.

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

Saturday, September 18

Friday night was quiet and buggy.  No action at the remaining nests.

Saturday Morning:

  • NEST #82 had a crab hole
  • Nest #81 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-1
    • Dead Hatchling-1
    • Pipped Eggs+0Unhatched Eggs-6
    • Hatched Egg Shells-117
    • This one was overwashed at least a couple of times and they had to take about 4″ of sand off each time.

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

Friday, September 17

Thursday Night:

  • Nest #71 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-20
    • Hatched Egg Shells-94
    • Team 8 would like to thank their family, friends, Ambassadors and especially the Junior Ambassadors for helping to make it a wonderful season!
  • Nest #79 had 3 more hatchlings emerge around 8:00pm.

Friday Morning:

  • Nest #74 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-0
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-3
    • Hatched Egg Shells-50
    • Team 3 is THRILLED with these results as this nest was in the overwash zone.  They worked hard to keep the water off the top of the nest, but it did come around both sides.  We aren’t sure when those turtles emerged, it could have been during a rain storm at the time of high tides, possibly even before the tides threatened.  Great work, Team 3!
  • Nest #77 Inventory
    • Live Hatchlings-1
    • Dead Hatchlings-0
    • Pipped Eggs-0
    • Unhatched Eggs-5 (they opened one and the embryo was malformed and had growths on it’s back)
    • Hatched Egg Shells-125

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