To protect the nest from future high tides, Betty relocated its clutch of 113 eggs to a safer place higher on the beach.
Folks from Indiana and elsewhere were on hand to witness Momma Turtle’s and Betty’s work.
Betty loves to share the experience and the turtles’ story. We’re grateful to our wonderful volunteers!
That’s dense nesting for a half mile of beach!
Judy K expertly probed to locate the egg chamber for Folly’s 43d nest.
The nest could be left in Momma’s choice location.
Dave helped with find and took the great photos.
Many thanks to All!
Another relocation was needed to help eggs develop successfully in a more inland nest site. Thanks to Judi for moving 123 eggs to their new home.
Donna and Juanita located another crawl and along with Lars were able to confirm Nest 40. They were able to leave it where the Momma Turtle laid it.
It turned out to be a 4-nest morning when Nest 39 was found later. And it’s not even the busy part of the season yet! Uh-oh. We may need a bigger beach.
Susie expertly transferred the 90-egg clutch to a bucket and relocated it in a newly dug chamber higher on the beach to avoid the eroding tides that will arrive in early July and August. Very smart move!
All 3 are confirmed nests and they were all in Cindy W’s section of the beach. Whew!
It’s still kind of unusual to have 3 nests in one day, but 3 in one day in a half mile stretch of beach is very rare.
Thankfully Becky and Teresa were able to help out with the egg finding and nest site protection.
Many thanks to all for handling this big increase in Folly’s nest population!
Donna knew she had work ahead. The tracks led to an area that’s been heavily threatened during King Tides.
To avoid repeated overwashes, Donna wisely moved the clutch of 147 eggs to a higher site nearby.