Turtle Patrol Report for the Week Ending June 30

Thursday, 6/27
Walkers Chris Palmer and Ray and Lucy Hoover called with three crawls all the way to the point. Two of the crawls had body pits. Judy Morr and Tim Morawski responded and found Nest 67. The second crawl was 20 yards further down the beach. After probing, this was declared a false crawl. Another 30 yards down the beach there was a crawl along the escarpment and then a body pit. Tim found Nest 68. Nest 67’s 114 eggs and nest 68’s 123 eggs were moved behind the old pier, nestled nicely beside each other.

Walkers Ginger Seabrook, Gloria Reynolds, Terry Fansler, and Junior Turtle Patrol members Sara Quinn and Amanda and Grant Keiser identified 3 crawls. The first was 20 yards past Boardwalk 7; the second 20 yards further down; and the third in front of the yellow house. Tim and Judy again responded. Tim found Nest 69 at the first crawl. It was left in situ. The other two were determined to be false crawls.

Walkers Mimi Montague, Lynne Madison, Karen Preston and Mimi’s daughter Jennifer Otten found a crawl 20 yards north of Boardwalk 6. The Middletons responded and found Nest 66 with 145 eggs. The nest was not far above last night’s high tide so it was moved higher on the dune, 60 yards north of Boardwalk 6.

Friday, 6/28
Walkers on North Beach won the prize today. The mama turtle was still on the beach when Walkers Sandy MacCoss, Alison Bowers, Martha Goldstein, and J-Anna Smith got to the area between the two dog signs. Bill Greubel responded and found the eggs for Nest 70 before the mama made it back to the sea. Nest 70 was able to be left in situ.

Sunday, 6/30
We ended June with Nest 71. This gives us 45 nests in June, easily eclipsing the old record of 35 set in 2015.
The crawl was found just south of Boardwalk 6. Valerie and Mark Doane probed and found the nest. It was below the high tide line so the 108 eggs were relocated behind the original nest. The assigned walkers, Cindy Willis and Jocelyne Danielson, were delayed (this nest is at the very end of their walk) because they were picking up large amounts of trash. Thank you! Walkers Valerie and Mark Doane, Rachel, Marshall and Neva Carter spotted the crawl as they finished their walk.

-Submitted by Gary Fansler

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