Turtle Patrol Weekly Report May 21 – 27, 2017

Sunday, May 21
Denisa Collins was on the beach to see the Mama of Nest #13 lay the nest and go back to the sea. It was Denisa’s first time to see a Loggerhead up close and personal. (Click here to see the video) Jane Magioncalda, Joshua and Amanda Shilko also saw the turtle heading back to the ocean. What a thrill for all of them. Being on the beach early has it rewards.

Zone 2 – Judy Benko found a crawl in front of the third house up beach from the club. Jen and Harvey responded and found nest #14 with 133 eggs.

Zone 3 – Valerie and Mark Doane with Lisa Hand found the crawl for nest #13 just south of boardwalk # 1. Harvey and Jen Gibson were the first responders.
Both nests were moved to Zone 4, north of the first dog sign.

May 22 through May 26
No new nests, lots of rain and high tides but some beautiful sunrises on the beach.

Saturday, May 27
We have two new nests on Zone 1. Jen and Harvey Gibson and Denisa Collins found nest #15 just down beach from the flag pole at the Camp. Terry Fansler and Jen probed to find the eggs. It was above the high tide line so it was left in situ.

Harvey Gibson walked the rest of the zone and found nest #16. Sandy MacCoss probed to find the eggs. It was decided to leave it in situ too.

We now have the second highest number of May nests in our history and we’ve still got a chance to break the record of 19.

-Submitted by Gary Fansler

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