May 04, 2012 - FIRST NEST! False crawl

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Records have been broken this morning with the earliest S.C.U.T.E. nest! To date, May 5th was the earliest...back in the 90s.

Hobcaw: Bill had the honors of finding the first nest, a natural, 63 yds. south of the 8 mile marker (photo - check Photo Gallery).

Middle: Mary walking with new volunteer, Jackie, had a false crawl 75 yds. north of Walkway #7. The tracks were the same length, there was no digging or body pit...a basic U turn (see Photo Gallery). This may have been the same turtle that later nested on Hobcaw.

North: Kathi, covering for Ingrid and Tom, had no activity.

May 03, 2012 - All quiet

All was quiet again this morning according to the volunteers. To date, there are 7 turtle nests along the SC coast. All the activity is south of DeBordieu and Hobcaw where the ocean temperatures are a little warmer. 

Dicey, our adopted loggerhead, is definitely on the move...check it out!

May 02, 2012 - No activity yet

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Even with no nesting activity it is always a treat to catch the sunrise on DeBordieu or Hobcaw Beaches. We usually get our first nest when the ocean temperature is about 75 degrees. It is currently 72 degrees so it won't be too long!

May 01, 2012 - Volunteers begin daily surveys

The 2012 turtle season officially began today as volunteers walked the beach at sunrise. There was no activity reported on the North (Beach Club north to Pawleys Inlet), Middle (Beach Club south to Walkway #12) or Hobcaw (Walkway #12 south to North Inlet).

April 30, 2012 - Let the turtling begin!

The 2012 SC loggerhead nesting season officially began today with nests at Harbor Island (near Beaufort) and Lighthouse Island (Cape Romain NWR). April 30 is the earliest start to nesting on record for SC. SCDNR has asked volunteers along the coast will begin walking tomorrow, May 1, two weeks earlier than in the past.

April 29, 2012 - Beach stocked with turtle supplies!

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The last of the turtle supplies were distributed on remote Hobcaw Beach this morning around low tide. Thanks to our sponsors Boo and Hampton Peace of DeBordieu Real Estate for providing their 4 wheel drive Jeep to help haul supplies to the different stations along the 2 miles of beach. We were amazed at the sand loss from Hurricane Irene and winter northeasters (photo gallery). There are many areas where nests cannot be left because of sheared off dunes and will need to be relocated.

Volunteers are loading up their backpacks, dusting off their pool cues and getting ready for the Tuesday, May 1 start of turtle season!

April 26, 2012 - Sign of the season

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DeBordieu has put out this 'Lights Out' sign near the big Beach Club intersection. It serves as a reminder to turn off oceanfront lights by 10 p.m. during nesting season, May - Oct. Nesting and hatching loggerheads are attracted to light and will orient toward the brightest horizon. The beach needs to be dark and clear of obstacles such as beach items so the turtles can make a safe return to the ocean.

April 25, 2012 - GA has its first nest!

Georgia had its first nesting activity today. A wildlife biologist reported a loggerhead nest and 2 false crawls on Cumberland Island. Loggerhead nesting in April is very rare in Georgia with only one previous record in their database (Ossabaw-4/24/2001). The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has asked volunteers to begin walking on May 1 which is 2 weeks earlier than the usual May 15 date.

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