You are welcome to join us on the beach on Monday, July 25th for the inventory of the following three nests:
Nests #6 and #16 located near the 13th Street East Ashley Walkover.
Nest #5 located in The Washout at the 1522 East Ashley walkover.
We’ll get started at Nest #6 and #16 (13 East) at 6 p.m., then go to Nest #5 (Washout) at approximately 7/7:15 p.m.
The usual last minute schedule changes due to weather conditions apply. We appreciate your understanding if we have to cancel with little notice.
Pop test: how many violations of city ordinances can you find in this photo?
Hint … it’s not the tracks.
It’s the house lights being on, illuminating the beach, and the chairs being left on public beach all night.
Fortunately, the sea turtle that left the tracks (and a new nest) did not directly encounter the chairs and the lights didn’t disorient her … THIS TIME.
Violations are reported to Public Safety on a regular basis. Rental management companies distribute “beach rules” to all new arrivals. Signs are posted at nests and all walkovers.
If you have other ideas on how we can get and keep the word out about lights, chairs, litter, and nest protection, please let us know! This is especially important now that hatching has started. Thank you!
Nest 69’s arrival was almost a miss, but thanks to awareness and reporting by Folly’s Beach Management Patrol, Teresa was able to confirm and protect the Momma’s work in situ. Thank you!!
Shanna’s great photos clearly show her experience of the morning — an in situ nest nice and high on the beach.
May every egg become a healthy hatchling!
Susie came to help Betty find these very deeply laid eggs as Marilynn and visitors from southwest Virginia, Tennessee and north Georgia shared the experience of counting and relocating 141 eggs to a safer site nearby.
Whoa! Nice long track with clear differential indicating that the turtle was on the beach long enough to nest, but wait a minute …
The tracks led to the bottom of a scarped dune where there was already a large staked off area.
What the … ??
On closer examination, it was clear that the latest turtle had not only nested, but had also broken the orange tape and broken and buried the stake sign in the process. Fortunately, she didn’t drag any markers back to the ocean.
Teresa and Nancy decided to stake the new nest as they normally would, placing it inside the larger staked area which had been investigated and marked earlier in the week as a “possible” nest.
Confused much? Join the Crew!
Momma Turtle certainly had it all figured out. She created her nest as far inland as she could go in a “preferred” location.
Momma Turtle gave Jaclyn an early morning challenge … move my nest!
Always ready to help, Jaclyn relocated 115 eggs to a higher location to protect MT’s hatchlings-to-be from high tide erosion.
Another near walkover nest was left for Bob to find and protect.
This Momma Turtle made her way as far inland as she could go without going through vegetation and rocks. What great placement!
Melissa had a repeat experience of finding two nests and a false crawl. Wow.
Nest 62’s 89 eggs were moved from a very low lying area to a higher, safer location and Nest 63 was thankfully able to stay in situ.
Thank you, Melissa, for your good work!
Lars, Ann and Krisann were greeted by super long tracks from a low tide to well-past the high tide line.
They were able to leave Nest 61 where the Momma Turtle laid it (in situ).