Photo Credit: Lindsey Koehler

2024 Nest Adoption Applications are available!
Please note – exclusive adoptions have been temporarily suspended until we know our nest count, but donations are welcome!


Caswell Beach Turtle Watch is a private non-profit staffed solely by volunteers from the community. The organization and its volunteers are supervised by authorized program leaders who are designated permittees of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.


The purpose of Caswell Beach Turtle Watch is to protect threatened and endangered sea turtles that lay their eggs on Caswell Beach. Efforts include community education, and monitoring and reporting on sea turtle nesting and hatch activities relying on the public’s help.


You can “Adopt-a-Nest” to help support the efforts of Caswell Beach Turtle Watch in their nest monitoring activities. When you adopt a nest, you receive a Certificate of Adoption, nest photos, and updates about your nest throughout the season.

Video Highlights

2023 Kemp’s Ridley Nest
2023 Green Turtle Nest

2024/2023 Turtle Data

2024 Nests
2024 False Crawls
2023 Hatchlings
2023 Volunteer Hours

Our Latest Updates

  • Lucky #7
    Caswell Beach Turtle Watch has had a busy couple of days with Nests #5, #6 & #7! Nest #5 was relocated to a higher location away from the tideline. Morning Patrol hit the Jackpot and Read More
  • We Now Have 4 Nests!
    Nest #3 was laid high in a dune. Nest #4: We had a call from the Henderson Family at 10:45 last night about a sea turtle nesting!  When we arrived the family was very respectful of Read More
  • New Look For Nest Protection and Nest #2
    We now have 2 nests on Caswell Beach! We are happy to say that all of our Brunswick County beaches are on the board, too! Our nest barriers are a bit bigger this year per Read More
  • First Nest of 2024!
    We have our first nest! Mama didn’t mind the rain and laid high and dry, so no relocation was necessary!  Thanks to our Tuesday Patrol for enduring the wet conditions to get the job done!  Last year’s Read More
  • CBTW returns to Oak Island Farmers Market
    The Caswell Beach Turtle Watch team will once again participate in the Oak Island Farmers Market this summer. Partnering with the Oak Island Sea Turtle Protection Program and the Bald Head Conservancy, we look forward Read More