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April 23rd, 2017
No nests reported in South Carolina for 2017 as of today.

The earliest nest reported in South Carolina over the last 8 years was on April 17, 2012.  That was a leatherback nest on Kiawah Island.

The earliest nest on Hunting Island, over the last 26 years, was on May 3rd the same year, but a loggerhead.  Over those 26 years, there have been 3 first nests during the first week of May, but none reported in April.

The air and ocean temps are already where they were last year on April 30th.  We are off to a warm start.  The sand temps at depth should already be a level to "allow" the mother turtles to nest (a personal theory).  A loggerhead and leatherbacks turtles were spotted in the Ashepoo River /St Helena Sound off Otter Island over the last 2 weeks.  

For those that are new to the Sea Turtle Conservation program on HI, if you have a question about "turtle history on HI",
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September 25th, 2016
There will be a loggerhead sea turtle nest inventory on Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m.
on South Beach at Hunting Island.

A nest inventory is conducted 72 hours after a nest has hatched, in order
to determine the success of the nest. The nest is excavated and all
contents are removed and documented. Occasionally live hatchlings are
found in the nest and released, so this is a good opportunity to possibly see live loggerhead hatchlings, although there is no guarantee. If you are a FOHI Sea Turtle Conservation Project Volunteer, please wear your orange volunteer shirt and badge, so that you can help with crowd management. This inventory is open to the public, so feel free to post to social media or share; just remember that everyone is responsible for their own admission to the park. FOHI members and guests are covered by   Read more...
September 22nd, 2016
There will be a loggerhead sea turtle nest inventory on Sunday, September 25th at 6 p.m.
on South Beach (North of the bath house) at Hunting Island.

A nest inventory is conducted 72 hours after a nest has hatched, in order
to determine the success of the nest.  The nest is excavated and all
contents are removed and documented.  Occasionally live hatchlings are
found in the nest and released, so this is a good opportunity to possibly see live loggerhead hatchlings, although there is no guarantee. If you are a FOHI Sea Turtle Conservation Project Volunteer, please wear your orange volunteer shirt and badge, so that you can help with crowd management. This inventory is open to the public, so feel free to post to social media or share; just remember that everyone is responsible for their own admission to the park. FOHI members and guests are covered by   Read more...
September 22nd, 2016
A small team of us covered several zones this morning.  Thank you team members!  Nest 138 in Zone 3 had a small number of baby tracks.  No other...   Read more...
September 8th, 2016
Zone 2 had nest 90 and 99 piped, and nest 133 had a few tracts of babies. In zone 3 nest 126 is ready to pip.  No other action to...   Read more...

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