Nesting season is ramping up as the Turtle Patrol doubled its total nest count over the past week.
Saturday, May 22
Bill and Pat Greubel found a crawl about 200 yards south of Boardwalk 2. Bill probed and found Nest 6 with 134 big eggs, which were relocated above the high tide line in the dunes behind the original nest.
Wednesday, May 26
Zone 1 walkers, Leslie and Tony Gore and Susan and Bill Miller, called in the first crawl about 300 yards south of the Camp St. Christopher vehicle entrance. Mike Vinson probed and found Nest 7, which was left in situ.
Zone 3 walkers Judy Morr, Kathy Thompson, and Kathy Hanson called to report another crawl between Boardwalks 2 and 3. Sandy MacCoss and Jane Magioncalda probed and found a small and very shallow nest of 74 eggs. The intact eggs in Nest 8 were relocated above the high tide line near Nest 6.
Thursday, May 27
Zone 2 walkers JoAnne Lewis, Kathy Noel, and Nancy Chomel called in a crawl two houses north of the club. Jane Magioncalda and Sandy MacCoss responded and found Nest 9 with 126 eggs. The nest was moved back and closer to Boardwalk 6.
Friday, May 28
Zone 4 got in on the action with Nest 10. J-Anna Smith, Anna Wechter and Annaliese Dorante called with a crawl 50 yards north of Boardwalk 1. Bill Greubel responded and found the nest which was able to be left in situ.
For more information about turtles and the Turtle Patrol, go to siturtlepatrol.com
-Submitted by Joshua Shilko