Despite the absence of dry sand at high tide and the presence of piles of rocks along eroded dunes, a loggerhead turtle track did appear on Folly Beach this morning to open the 2013 nesting season.
Forget that she turned back … didn’t nest … SHE WAS HERE!
And, now found again, we’re confident she and her sisterhood will return to Folly as they always do. When, how many and with what success are the core mysteries of turtle season.
FBTW volunteers have been on patrol since last week and were thrilled to get news of this morning’s tracks. Neighboring Kiawah gained bragging rights to South Carolina’s First Nest on Mother’s Day, and now we’re hoping to start Folly’s new year of nesting stats as each dawn rises. Today’s tease definitely raises the giddy-bar as the excitement heightens.
Before we get too caught up with the new, we want to celebrate and appreciate the many acts of kindness and generosity shown to Folly’s turtles last season and even during the off-season months.
For ADOPTING a nest last season, THANK YOU …
Lau Transport LLC
Mamas’s S.C. Memories
Pinckney and Becky Greene
For sponsoring our weather-strickened Homecoming, THANK YOU …
City of Folly Beach
Folly Beach Civic Club
Folly Beach Crab Shack
For beautifying our Sea & Sand tent and delighting our donors with your art, THANK YOU,
CC Friedheim and Steph Wakeham.
And, for many, many generous donations “For the Turtles” during the past 18+ months, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, 46544.
(If you’ll let us know size and where to send, we have something for you for a change.)
And now for another year of turtle nesting action on Folly … be it a few or many, we know there will be great moments ahead and we’re grateful to be able to share them here with you. Please stay tuned.
[Great photo, Juanita! Thanks for sharing it with everyone.]