There were only two days we found nests last week but we found 5 nests!
June 8, 2017 – Nest #26
On a miserably cold, windy and wet morning on the beach, the turtles rewarded the walkers with several tracks. Norm Powers called with a track just north of Boardwalk 6.
Bill and Eileen Middleton responded and found Nest #26. With Norm’s help, they moved the 117 eggs about 250 yards down beach from Boardwalk 6.
Terry Fansler was walking her zone along with a guest from the Newport Kentucky Zoo & Aquarium, Chad Showalter & his family. Terry had invited them to join her on this morning’s patrol. There were 2 crawls. One of the crawls had been reported about 8:30 pm last night by renters who saw the turtle heading back to the ocean. They marked the spot where they thought there was a nest. There was another crawl just 30 yards down the beach. The area was probed by Judy Morr and Terry with Pat Luzadder assisting by digging a few soft areas. Alas, no eggs were found. A false crawl flag and peg mark the spot.
June 10, 2017 – Nests 27 through 30 – Four in One Day!
We had a red letter day on the beach! We had 5 crawls and we found 4 nests and all are in situ.
Pat Greubel and Arline DeGennaro reported two crawls. The first was between walks 2 and 3 and the second was closer to Boardwalk 2. Terry Fansler, Sandy MacCoss and Beautsie Zahrn responded. Sandy probed the first crawl but couldn’t find a nest. The second crawl was probed by Terry and Beautsie. Beautsie found the eggs and Terry dug down to the eggs. Nest #28 was left in situ.
The third call was from Jen and Harvey Gibson with a crawl at the far southern end of the beach. They found the eggs for Nest #27 and left the nest in situ.
The fourth call was from Tracy Thorne and Cathrine Scully with a crawl nearly a 1/4 milelong near the last dog sign. Bill and Eileen Middleton responded and found Nest #29 again in situ. They also sent along a photo of an outstanding sand turtle sculpture.
Karen Sewell then called in a crawl 100 yards from Boardwalk 9. Harvey and Jen Gibson found the eggs for Nest # 30 and it is in situ too.
Four nests in one day!
-Submitted by Gary Fansler