August 18, 2017 - Middle Nest Hatches - Inventories tonight & Monday at 6:00 p.m.!

Middle: Paula reported the hatch of Natural DEB24 dated 6/27 (only 52 days) located 31 yds. north of Walkway #7! She counted 25+ tracks out of the chamber. We will inventory this nest Monday at 6:00 p.m.

We will inventory Natural DEB19 dated 6/20 located 8 yds. south of Walkway #11 tonight at 6:00 p.m.

DEB 42   HOB 34   SCUTE 210   SC 5146


August 15, 2017 - Middle Nest Hatches - Inventory Friday at 6:00 p.m.!

Debordieu SCUTE

Middle: Suzette, subbing for Kathy C., reported the hatch of Natural DEB19 dated 6/20 (56 days) located 8 yds. south Walkway #11. A man staying near the nest said he checked it before going out to dinner last night and found it had hatched when he returned! 30-35 tracks were counted this morning. We will inventory this nest Friday at 6:00 p.m.

DEB 42   HOB 34   SCUTE 217   SC 5096


August 13, 2017 - Update

No nests have hatched in the past couple of days so there are no inventories planned as of now. Please check the website daily!


August 11, 2017 - Inventory tonight at 6:00 p.m.!

Middle: We will inventory Natural DEB18 dated 6/16 located 25 yds. south of Walkway #8 tonight at 6:00 p.m.

DEB 42   HOB 34   SCUTE 215   SC 5058


August 10, 2017 - 2 Hobcaw Nests - Inventory Friday at 6:00 p.m.!

Debordieu SCUTE

Middle: We will inventory Natural DEB18 dated 6/16 located 25 yds. south of Walkway #8 Friday at 6:00 p.m. Please check website Friday at 5:00 p.m. for status if weather is threatening.

Hobcaw: Just as we thought the turtles were finished nesting, Susan had 2 natural nests this morning! She had a crawl near #13mm, probed and located the egg chamber (HOB33). She also had a crawl north of #6 where the turtle made a body pit in some dead vegetation. This was a bit more challenging but the eggs were found and this nest became HOB34. Today's 2 nests gave us a total of 76 nests on DeBordieu and Hobcaw. We have surpassed our 2nd best season in 1995 when we had 75 nests! Thanks to all our dedicated volunteers for their protection of threatened loggerhead sea turtles...our efforts are paying off!

DEB 42   HOB34   SCUTE 215   SC 5057


August 09, 2017 - 3 Hobcaw false crawls - Inventory Friday at 6:00 p.m.!

Debordieu SCUTE

Middle: We will inventory Natural DEB18 dated 6/16 located 25 yds. south of Walkway #8 Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Hobcaw: Nesting may not yet be over for 2017. Susan had a false crawl yesterday and that same turtle may have returned last night. Kathi A. had 3 false crawls this morning (photo of one). Maybe this turtle will return tonight and successfully nest!

DEB 42   HOB 32   SCUTE 213   SC 5057


August 08, 2017 - Middle Hatch - Inventory Friday at 6:00 p.m.!

Debordieu SCUTE

Middle: Kathy C. reported the major hatch of Natural DEB18 dated 6/16 (only 51 days) located 25 yds. south of Walkway #8! She counted about 50+ tracks out of the egg chamber. We will inventory this nest Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Hobcaw: Susan had a crawl 25 yds. north of #10mm which was our first in about 9 days. She probed an area of possibility up against the dune but found no eggs. Maybe this turtle will try again tonight.

DEB 42   HOB 32   SCUTE 212   SC 5044


August 07, 2017 - Inventory results

Middle: Tonight we did the inventory of Natural DEB14 dated 6/10 located just north of Walkway #4. Kathy C. dug out the nest contents while Judy, Paula and Suzette counted and sorted eggs, etc. Betsy spoke to the crowd of about 35-40 who asked some good questions. There were no turtles remaining in the nest but the sucess was a good 86%. We currently have no public inventories scheduled but that could change with hatching news from the volunteers after their Tuesday morning walks!


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