The Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol began patrolling the beaches starting on Monday, May 4th. There were no nests from May 4th through May 10th but on Monday, May 11th Veronica L’Allier called at 6:29 with a crawl just south of Boardwalk 6 on Zone 2. Bill and Linda Nelson responded and found the eggs. Th nest was left in situ.
While the Patrol is very excited to get going, they are doing so under very strict guidelines provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). These guidelines are designed to limit human interaction to the absolute minimum in order to protect our Patrol Members during the current health crisis. You can help by maintaining distancing from the Patrol Members as they do their important work. Since they’ll often be working alone, giving them space and minimizing social interaction will be helpful. The Patrol’s typical willingness to communicate and teach fellow beachgoers will have to be more limited this season. In addition to the limits above, the SCDNR has also ordered that we won’t conduct public nest inventories this season.
As always, you can help by turning off beach facing lights by 9:00 pm, removing all beach furniture and other paraphernalia when you leave the beach, filling all holes dug in the sand and using red flashlight covers when on the beach after dark.
-Submitted by Gary Fansler