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

2023 Turtle Data

False Crawls
Volunteer Hours

Our Latest Updates

  • Kicking off the 2024 Turtle Season
    It’s been a busy start to Caswell Beach’s sea turtle season as we prepare for our 2024 nesting to begin. Alot goes on behind the scenes of each season’s launch that may not be apparent Read More
  • 2024 NC Wildlife Meeting with Official Turtle Teams
    Caswell Beach Turtle Watch attended the NC Sea Turtle Project Annual Kickoff meeting on March 6, 2024. NC Sea Turtle Project Biologists (NC Wildlife) conducted its annual training meeting with the official NC Beach Turtle Read More
  • Join Us: Turtle Talk Speakeasy, Feb. 26, 2024
    Come and learn more about our local turtle watch program and details about the very active 2023 season from Caswell Beach Turtle Watch Program Lead, Jamie Lloyd! Fun and interactive atmostphere and displays for the Read More
  • October 16, 2023 – Nest #93 Inventory
    Whew!  Deep Breath… Nest #93 was inventoried by Team 0 + this morning.  One more hatchling emerged overnight and left a really cute loop in his tracks!  The three live hatchlings that were brought out of their Read More
  • October 15, 2023 – Nest #85 Inventory
    Caswell Beach Turtle Watch Team 8 inventoried Nest #85 this afternoon.  It was Day 78 for this nest, which was over-washed for the first time 3 days after it was laid.  After this initial event, Read More