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.

April 22, 2012 - Turtle season gearing up!

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DeBordieu & Hobcaw SCUTE volunteers met this afternoon for a workshop to kick off the 2012 turtle season. Volunteers old & new practiced probing on a simulated nest full of golf balls in front of the Beach Club. Rain forced the group under the Beach Club where a meeting was held to discuss plans for the upcoming season. Volunteers will begin walking early this year (May 1) because the SC Dept. of Natural Resources expects early nesters due to the unusually warm ocean temperatures. The group wrapped up the workshop with a chance to socialize and enjoy refreshments. A great nesting season is anticapted by all. Stay tuned for daily updates as the turtles begin their annual pilgrimage to our coast!

April 02, 2012 - DeBordieu & Hobcaw S.C.U.T.E. gearing up!

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The ocean temperature is warming quickly due to our mild winter this year. We could expect an early start to loggerhead nesting season as a result and volunteers are gearing up to be ready. DeBordieu & Hobcaw S.C.U.T.E. will conduct a spring training workshop on Sunday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. on the beach in front of the Beach Club. We will have several simulated turtle nests to use for practice. This will be a refresher for seasoned volunteers and a chance to learn how to locate turtle eggs and protect nests for any new recruits. Afterwards, there will be a short meeting on the Blue Heron deck. Please join us if you are interested in becoming a volunteer. We begin walking the beach at sunrise on May 15 to search for the tracks of loggerhead sea turtles. Our efforts continue throughout the summer with the hatching and inventories of nests.

In 2011, the South Carolina coast had a record year with over 3800 nests laid. At DeBordieu & Hobcaw we experienced our second best year with 62 nests. Once again, DeBordieu Real Estate will kindly sponsor our efforts and provides us with this website.

If you are interested in attending the April 22 workshop, please call or e-mail Betsy Brabson at 546-9531/ wbrabson@sccoast.net

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