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Nest 20...and the healing has begun!
May 29th, 2017 2:27 pm

As I stepped outside the house to load my car with the essentials…water, my pack, my iPhone, and the official DNR documentation that I had promised to bring to the Clubhouse for Buddy, I could already tell that this day was going to be a warm one.  As I turned onto the Sea Island Parkway and headed southeast towards Hunting island, the sky was already visibly lighter than I had recalled on these late May turtle patrol mornings.  By the time I had reached the Harbor River Bridge, the soft pink that colors the horizon just before sunrise had already kissed the silhouetted treetops, and its rosy reflection illuminated the water below. 

 

When Hunting Island officially reopens this Friday, park visitors will be greeted by smooth new pavement approaching the park entrance and along the road that leads to the Visitor Center.  Hurricane damage is not evident until one drives deeper into the park, where fallen pines still rest upon ancient oaks and Sabal palmettos.  We drov...

A Big Week for Nesting on Hunting Island
May 28th, 2017 2:52 pm

Here we are at the end of week 21 and there are 19 nests on HI.  The 19 year average is 8-9 nests by this time. 

Only 2 years equal or exceed 19 nests by this time.  In 2012 there were 22 nests, while last year there were 26.   

Please remember, it is still too early in the season to try and forecast the number of nests by year end.  But that said, we are off to a great start!!

Zone 5 and 6 have only 1 nest in total so far.  Last year we had 10 nests by this time in these 2 zones.  Zones 4, 2 and 3 were the most active nesting spots by the end of the season last year, and they are the most active so far this year.

If we look at the ratio of nests to false crawls, we are at 1.05 so far this year.  In the last 9 years, only 2 years exceeded that ratio – 2011 and 2013.  2011 was a low nesting year while 2013 was a relatively high one.  The average for the last 9 years is 0.85 (more false crawls than nests – a nest attempt was abandoned) and the 31...

Saturday Post
May 27th, 2017 1:47 pm

Zones 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 had no activity. 
But it was a very active day for zone 4.  There were 3 Non nesting crawls and Nest #15 was found and left insitu. 


Here is one piece of debris that tells us where it came from. Found in zone 2

 

Zone 1 False Crawl, Zone 2 Nest #12 & Nest #13, Zone 3 False Crawl, Zone 4 Nest # 14.
May 26th, 2017 12:32 pm
Wednesday's First Nest
May 25th, 2017 12:41 am
Buddy found nest #10 just north of the first nest in zone 2 this morning.  We probably also would have had nest #11 in zone 4 according to him had it not been for raccoon interference.  There were raccoon tracks found all around her attempted nesting site as well as following her back out to sea in her exit crawl. 
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