Our Night Walk program has started once again and we are excited to have started off with a successful walk! After the presentation wrapped up, we began our walk under a brightly lit beach under a clear starry sky. Only 0.2 of a walk down the beach and there were fresh turtle tracks leading up towards the dunes. A group of campers were waiting patiently in the dark and from a 20ft distance in order to ensure she can nest without disturbance. We appreciate them for following these rules to keep our sea turtles nesting safely!
When we arrived to her tracks she was still digging the egg chamber. We waited patiently until she started to lay her eggs. As we are permitted to conduct these walks, we were able to get a closer view of her dropping the eggs, covering and then watched as she swam down beneath the waves.
In the morning, our intern, Sarah, and past intern and now volunteer, Chase, documented this nest as 116 on our beach. There were a total of 4 new nests and 2 false crawls. They decided this nest was situated high enough on the beach so no relocation was necessary.
If you would like to adopt this nest, be sure to visit the Camp Exchange or the Environmental Learning Center and ask to adopt nest 116!
This was the perfect walk to kick-off the start to our Night Walk program. If you would like to sign up for a night walk, click on the button below:
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