Saturday, August 13

Friday:

  • Nest #32 Inventory
    • Live- 2
    • Dead- 0
    • Pipped- 0 
    • Unhatched Eggs- 3
    • Hatched Eggs- 102
  • Nest #33 Inventory
    • Live- 0
    • Dead- 0
    • Pipped- 0 
    • Unhatched Eggs- 5
    • Hatched Eggs- 108
  • Nest #41 boiled at 7:30pm with 91 hatchlings running to the water within 10 minutes!

Saturday Morning:

  • Nest #38 has a big drop and some faint tracks.
  • Nest #40 had a crab hole.
  • Nest #41 had a crab.
  • Nest #44 had a splash over during high tide.
  • Nests #51 & #51 have blown over runways.

The temps are much more pleasant for sitting tonight!  Thanks for all you are doing!

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

Friday, August 12

WOW!  What a morning!

No new crawls, but LOTS of wind and sand!  Please check your runways, many are FULL!

Thursday Night:

  • Nest #30 Inventory (in the light rain)
    • Live- 4
    • Dead- 5
    • Pipped- 0
    • Unhatched- 8
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 119
    • Lots of excited families!!!

Friday Morning:

  • Nest #37 had some hatchlings emerge overnight and THEN 24 more came out at 7:00 with a very sweet lady watching with Morning Patrol!  She has been trying for 10 years to see a boil!  Pictures attached, Video to come later!
  • Nest #40 had a large depression and 1 hatchling track.
  • Nest #43 had a deep depression with cracks.
  • Nest #39 had a small depression behind the center of the nest, possibly crab activity.
  • Nest #41 had a large crab hole.
  • Nest #32 was dug into and poles knocked down by a 4 pawed animal!  The animal did not reach the eggshells.  Lots of paw prints.

We are supposed to get heavy rains today.  I know we need it! Remember that turtles can be sneaky in the rain!

#37 after overnight emergence, but before the morning boil of 24

During morning boil

Thursday, August 11

No new crawls and no new emergences.

The moon was beautiful last night, though!

  • Nest #28 Inventory
    • Live- 2
    • Dead- 3
    • Pipped- 0
    • Unhatched- 17
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 90
  • Nest #35 Inventory
    • Live- 2
    • Dead- 3
    • Pipped- 2
    • Unhatched- 20
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 90

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

Wednesday, August 10

TUESDAY NIGHT:

  • Nest #27 Inventory
    • Live- 3
    • Dead- 0
    • Pipped- 0
    • Unhatched- 55
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 86
    • A few pieces
    • One sweet hatchling had a deformed right rear flipper.  He/she had a lot of spunk and made it to the water without any problems!  Future Multi-Pit??
  • Nest #34 Inventory
    • Live- 1
    • Dead- 0
    • Pipped- 0
    • Unhatched- 3
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 117
    • Nest #32 had 90 hatchlings last night!
    • Nest #31 had 1 more hatchling while it was light enough to see!

WEDNESDAY MORNING:

  • High winds, but no crawls
  • Nest #36 hatched overnight with lots of tracks.
  • Nests #31 & #35 had large crab holes.
  • Green has been delivered through Nest #49.  Probably a good idea to green earlier, Day 50, to be safe.

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

The first picture here is the crawl from the deformed flipper hatchling.  The second is from another hatchling.

  • Nest #31 Inventory
    • Live- 0
    • Dead- 1
    • Pipped- 0
    • Unhatched- 7
    • Hatched Egg Shells-110

Tuesday, August 9

No new nests or crawls.

I neglected to report that Nest #30 had 6 emerge Sunday night and there were more tracks in the runway Monday morning.

Monday Night/Tuesday Morning

Nest #33 had a nice indention and many hatchling tracks in the runway.

Nest #34 had 1 more hatchling track in the runway.

Nests #27, #30, #31, #32, #35 all had crab holes.

Unfortunately, the remnants of Nests #22 & #24 were dug up by a 4 pawed animal.  

There have been many, many dog prints on and around our nests this summer.  I have shared my concerns with our new Town Manager and he will be addressing the issue.

Things are really hoping now! 

Thank you for your long hours and dedication!

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

  • Nest #29 Inventory
    • Live- 2
    • Dead- 0
    • Unhatched – 39
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 90

Monday, August 8

Unfortunately, today was a day (or last night was a night) for crab activity.

No new nests or false crawls.

SUNDAY NIGHT:

  • Nest #25 Inventory
    • Live- 0
    • Dead- 2
    • Pipped- 1
    • Unhatched- 6
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 109
    • Pieces- Handful
  • Nest #26 Inventory
    • Live- 4
    • Dead- 1
    • Pipped- 7
    • Unhatched- 1
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 103
    • Pieces- Handful

MONDAY MORNING:

  • Nest #28 had 1 more hatchling track 
  • Nest #29 had a small crab hole
  • Nest #30 had a large crab hole
  • Nest #31 had a large crab hole and 2 dead hatchlings
  • Nest #32 had a large crab hole and 1 hatchling track
  • Nest #34 had more hatchling tracks
  • Nest #35 had a large crab hole and 1 dead hatchling
  • Nest #39 had a small crab hole
  • Nest #75 had human footprints around and ON TOP of the nest

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

Sunday, August 7

No new crawls this morning.

Saturday  Night

  • Nests #28 and #35 all had first emergences.
  • Nest #27 had 2 more emerge.

Sunday Morning

  • Nest # 27 had several more hatchling tracks.
  • Nest #31 had a first emergence with several hatchling tracks.
  • Nest #35 had two more hatchlings in the runway when Morning Patrol arrived.  Kathleen fought off a crab who was going after 1 hatchling!
  • Nests #29, #31 had large crab holes.

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

Saturday, August 6

Happy Saturday!  Lots to report today!!  

No new crawls, but we found a “Wild Nest” thanks for Susan’s Eagle Eyes at the Public Parking area.  It was originally marked as a false crawl on June 5th.  A dead hatchling was reported near there yesterday (150 yards west), but no other hatchling tracks were found there.  We checked the false crawl records and went back to dig this morning.  BINGO, Nest #94 and 1 live hatchling was found.  He was extremely grateful to be released as he was trapped under 119 egg shells and 7 unhatched eggs!

FRIDAY NIGHT:

  • Nest #20 Inventory
    • Live- 2 (1 had difficulty swimming, he just wanted to float)
    • Dead- 0
    • Unhatched- 90
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 75
    • Interesting outcome for 165 eggs!!!  Large nests tend not to do so well %-wise.
  • Nest #22 Inventory
    • Live- 2
    • Dead- 8 (Crab activity)
    • Pipped- 3
    • Unhatched- 2
    • Hatched Egg Shells- 102
    • This nest trickled before it boiled.
  • Nest #23 Inventory
    • Live- 0
    • Dead- 0
    • Unhatched-6
    • Hatched Egg Shells-92
    • Pieces-handful
    • 98 hatchlings were seen from this nest, so some of those pieces add up to 6 shells.
  • More on Friday Night Happenings
    • Nest #27 boiled with 43 hatchlings
    • Nest #34 boiled with 100 hatchlings
    • Nest #29 had 2 hatchlings emerge. 
    • Team 9 would like to thank Team 4 for stepping in and taking charge of Nest #29 as Team 9’s other nest, #27, was boiling!  THANKS TEAM 4!!!!!  You  guys are awesome!

SATURDAY MORNING:

  • Nest #34 had a few more hatchlings emerge overnight
  • Nest #75 had a crab hole with 1 eggshell removed + a hump that looked like a mole tunnel.
  • Nest #94 Emergency Inventory (Wild Nest)
    • Live- 1
    • Dead- 0
    • Unhatched- 7
    • Hatched Egg Shells-119
    • Woo Hoo!!

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

#20 Inventory
#20 Inventory

Friday, August 5

Again, no new nests or false crawls this morning.  Is this the end of laying?  We shall  see!

  • Nest #29 Hatched with 85 late last night.  Our loyal supporters, the Kos Family, went back out after midnight and were able to save 1 more hatchling from a crab attack!  
  • Nests #22 and #26 had more hatchings emerge overnight.
  • Nests #34 had a deep hole with lots of roots exposed.
  • Nest #35 has an indention that is getting deeper.
  • Nests #22, #25, #27 and #34 had crab activity.

Last Night’s Inventories:

  • Nest #21 Inventory
    • Live-2
    • Dead-3 (possible crab attack)
    • Unhatched Eggs-11
    • Hatched Egg Shells-117
    • They had a very nice crowd of observers
  • Nest #89 Inventory (relocated eggs from wild nest in Southport)
    • Live-0
    • Dead-1 (possible crab attack)
    • Unhatched Eggs-7
    • Hatched Egg Shells-7 (6 additional made it to the water that might not have!!)

Thanks for all the hard work you’ve done this last week!  Unfortunately, we are just getting rolling!  26 nests have hatched out of 93.  Please communicate with your Team Leaders and let them know when you are not available.

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

Thursday, August 4

No new nests or false crawls. 

Nest #22 had several more hatchlings last night.

Nest #25 hatched with a perfect boil of a 100-102 hatchlings!

OKI excavated their Leatherback nest this morning.  They had a crowd of over 200.

Sadly, none of the eggs hatched.  Laid to early in season?  Not fertilized?  Young mama,?  We will wait to hear what the state has to say.  Unfortunately, the same could happen to ours.

Susan got some pictures!

Just got word that Nest #26 also hatched last night!

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