Caswell Beach Turtle Watch EMERGENCY PHONE #: 910-368-6323
Please call if you see:  a mama sea turtle, a wandering hatchling, a stranded/injured sea turtle, or a terrapin that seems to be in the wrong location.  We will respond as soon as possible!


The Caswell Beach Turtle Watch is a private non-profit program staffed by volunteers. These volunteers are supervised by program members who hold permits from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

The purpose of the Caswell Beach Turtle Watch is to protect the threatened and endangered sea turtles that lay their eggs on Caswell Beach. Loggerhead turtles (Careta careta) are the most common sea turtle species to visit our beach and they nest from mid-May until mid-August.

You can find our daily season updates here.

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Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring has created the Sea Turtle Nest Monitoring System as a data management network to help organizations distributed around the world to collect and store data in a standardized format for real-time comparison and monitoring of all participating nesting beaches. The system has been designed in cooperation with sea turtle coordinators in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Caswell Beach is part of the Nest Monitoring System and by clicking here you can go the nest monitoring site for Caswell Beach.

Nest Adoption

You can “Adopt-a-Nest”! Your $25 (or more) adoption helps support the Caswell Beach nest monitoring activities. We offer an exclusive nest adoption for $100.00.

When you adopt a nest, you will receive a Certificate of Adoption, a photo of your adoption sign when is it posted at your nest, and notices of nest activities through inventory, plus any available pictures. The adoption application may be found under the “Forms & Documents” tab.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send an email to [email protected].  A member of our team will contact you shortly.