Tuesday, May 1

It’s here! May 1st is the official beginning of turtle season 2018. We are beginning morning patrols but will only be reporting on the days that have news.

Be prepared for a “different” season this year. Our beach will be undergoing beach re-nourishment starting about May 27th. All nests will be relocated to the area east of the Baptist gate until the replenished area is clear of machinery/traffic. They are anticipating being finished with our beach by the end of June and moving on to Oak Island.

Even with all the commotion, we still have great expectations for another wonderful turtle season.

Year End Summary – 2017

  • 109 Crawls
    • 58 Nest
    • 51 False Crawls
  • Nests
    • 17 Relocated – 29.3%
      • 8 nests relocated above tide
      • 9 nests from east end
    • 41 In Situ – 70.7%
  • Relocated Nests
    • 1963 eggs
    • 1445 hatchlings
    • 73.6% hatch rate
  • In Situ Nests
    • 4477 eggs
    • 3900 hatchlings
    • 85.2% hatch rate
  • 6540 egg shells counted
    • 113 average eggs per nest
    • Ranged 51-144 eggs
  • 1190 unhatched or pipped eggs
  • 5015 emerged hatchlings – 75.2% emergence success
  • Overall 81% hatch success
  • Incubation Days
    • Average 55.9 days
    • Range 51-67 days
  • Average crawl width 36.5
  • Volunteers
    • 80 Volunteers on our list
    • Volunteers reporting time and travel
      • 4100 Hours reported
      • 21,078 Miles driven

Last Inventory of the Season, October 5

Nest #58 was inventoried tonight resulting in 49 shells, 63 unhatched, 1 pipped and 2 live hatchlings. The unhatched eggs were very brown again and looked hairy. Maybe it was the wet weather we had. At any rate, we did the best we could.

Sunday is our end of season gathering. Please bring your spouse, significant other or your best friend if you want. It’s not the biggest place in the world but it’s always been big enough for us.

Food is whatever you want to bring. I was thinking finger food/pickups. We will have desserts and drinks. It’s always nice to socialize one more time before we go our separate ways for the winter.

Thank you again for a great year.

Gary and Susan

Wednesday, October 4

Nest #58 has hatched and it looked like a good number of hatchlings.

Nest #57 was inventoried this morning. This nest started with 51 eggs but was invaded by crabs the first few days and were certain that eggs were taken out by them. Inventory results: 13 shells, 35 unhatched and 2 live hatchlings. Only 48 eggs left in the nest and most of the unhatched were brown and looked like roots were growing out of them.

Sunday, September 24

Nest #55 inventory results: 109 shells, 1 unhatched and 1 pipped.

We have nests #57 & #58 still incubating but don’t expect anything for several more days.

We have called to have the ATV picked up. Thanks again to Duke Energy for providing our transportation for the season. We will be checking the 2 remaining nests on foot.

We did get DNA this week for nests up to #47. I will try to have information about those results at our end of season party. Yes, we are planning to have a gathering in a couple of weeks. More to come.

I will probably only send emails on the days there’s something to report.