Turtle Patrol Report for the Week Ending June 18

Deveaux Bank is the barrier island at the mouth of the Edisto River. It was established as a protected nesting area for thousands of shorebirds. As a bonus, it is also a nesting area for loggerhead turtles. The New York Times recently had an interesting opinion piece about how both humans and nature are threatening this protected area.

Saturday June 12 – Nests 30, 31, & 32
Lesley and Tony Gore, their granddaughter, Lexi, and her friends, Olivia and Meagan, and Bill and Susan Miller all got up before sunrise to walk Zone 4. The first crawl they came upon was right in front of the Bird Sanctuary. Sandy MacCoss, with help from Lesley, carefully located Nest 31. The 100 eggs were relocated away from the bird area.

Shortly after calling in this first crawl, another was found between the Bird Sanctuary and the spit. Valerie and Mark Doane probed for eggs and found 133 eggs much deeper than usual. Nest 30 was relocated to a safer location.

Bill Greubel and Anna Wechter walked Zone 3 and immediately found a promising crawl near Boardwalk 6. As they continued their walk, Joshua and Amanda Shilko made it to the beach to help probe and discovered Nest 32. The 124 eggs were relocated to a safer spot.

Tuesday June 15 – Nest 33
Bill and Linda Nelson, Patt Tamasy, and Lindsay Capps called in early with a crawl between Boardwalks 3 & 4. Judy Morr probed and found 119 eggs which were moved to a safer area behind the original nest.

Wednesday June 16 – Nests 34, 35, & 36
Susan and Bill Miller walking on Zone 1 called in first reporting a nice crawl with 2 possible body pits south of Camp St. Christopher. Mike Vinson probed and found Nest 34 with 104 eggs which were relocated near the camp’s boat storage area.

Initially, Zone 3 walkers Judy Morr, Lindsay Capps and Kathy Thompson found two in and out crawls, and Judy Morr took GPS readings on both. Then they came to a promising crawl just south of Boardwalk 4 complete with a cute baby opossum keeping watch. Sandy MacCoss and Jane Magioncalda probed the area to find a shallow Nest 35. 143 eggs were relocated to a safer area.

Zone 2 walkers Paula Baram, Heather Fife, Charlane Faught and Joanne Gallivan found 2 crawls, both behind the houses just North of Pelican’s Nest. Since all the assigned Wednesday probers were busy, Bill and Linda Nelson agreed to come take a look and found Nest 36. 149 eggs were relocated south of Boardwalk 6.

Friday June 18 – Nest 37
Zone 3 walkers Jane Magioncalda and Sandy MacCoss called in a crawl 100 yards north of Boardwalk 3. Bill Greubel responded and found Nest 37. This mama left the nest high enough that it was able to be left in situ.

For more information about turtles and the Turtle Patrol, go to siturtlepatrol.com  

-Submitted by Joshua Shilko

(Image credits: Turtle Patrol)


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