We had another successful night walk on Saturday! We walked all the way to the inlet without any turtle sightings. Then as I was walking around the inlet to check for activity I saw a turtle emerging from the surf in the distance. After waiting for a minute or two, I realized she had turned and was headed back! Unfortunately, she was too quick and the group just missed seeing her.
However, close to the white office building there was a sea turtle nesting! She was already laying her eggs so we got to see her right away and watch her cover. Then we watched as she headed back to the ocean. It is always an amazing sight to see! Also as she finished nesting at midnight, she was our Canada Day turtle (as our independence day is July 1st), pretty neat, eh?
The following morning I was on patrol with our volunteer, Ray, and our DNR Coordinator, Kacie. We found two new nests and two false crawls. The nest we saw on our night walk is nest #67 on our state park beach. If you would like to adopt this nest then click on the button below to be taken to the adoption page. The unique ID for this nest is: 228209. Part of the proceeds from adopting the nest goes directly to our EBSP turtle program.
See below for pictures of nest 67 taken by our new Interpretive Ranger, Sam.
The club cart shown in these photographs is our new turtle cart for our program! We are so excited to have a more reliable vehicle for turtle patrol!
Sea Turtle Biologist