Turtle Patrol’s 2017 Season Off to a Fast Start!
Saturday, May 6
No activity on a cold blustery day. Several reports of Portuguese Man of War on the beach.
Wednesday, May 10
Nest # 2 on was found on Zone 1 near the old pier just down beach from Camp St. Christopher. Lauryn Gilmer did a great job finding the crawl at high tide. Tim Morawski, Terry Fansler and Sandy MacCoss responded and Sandy found the nest. The 151 eggs were moved close to the boat shed in front of the Camp .
Friday, May 12
Obviously, the turtles sensed the approach of Mother’s Day as they swarmed our beaches on Thursday night.
Lauren Hanson, Anne Snelgrove and Barbara Hanson started the morning on Zone 1 with a crawl 100 yards north of boardwalk 9 in front of the Pelican Watch Villas. Bill Greubel responded and found Nest #3. Barbara and Lauren helped move the nest of 156 eggs to 175 yards north of the Camp’s boat shed.
Meanwhile, Melanie Jerome, Kathy Francis and Ruth Ann Henderer found a crawl just north of boardwalk 2. Sandy MacCoss responded and found Nest #4. The 124 eggs were moved to a higher, safer location between boardwalk 1 and the first dog sign
Back on Zone 1, Anne Snelgrove completed her walk while Nest #3 was being processed. She found another crawl past the vehicle entrance. Bill Greubel responded after completing the Nest #3 move. He found Nest #5 with 161 eggs which was moved next to the new location for Nest #3
Saturday, May 13
On a rainy Saturday, Walkers on Zones 2, 3 and 4 were not rewarded for their diligence as they reported no activity.
Zone 1 was more fortunate. Harvey & Jen Gibson and Denisa Collins found a crawl about 100 yards down beach from the vehicle entrance. Terry Fansler, Beautsie Zahrn and Gayle Evans arrived to help locate the nest. Terry and Jen probed and Jen found the nest. The nest of 113 eggs was below the high tide line so it was relocated to a higher perch about 50 yards up the beach. The soggy crew looked a bit bedraggled but proud of their work.
Since the Turtle Patrol usually doesn’t even start patrolling the beach until Mothers Day, we’re off to a fast start this year with six nests and counting!
-Submitted by Gary Fansler