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August 22nd, 2016
There will be a loggerhead sea turtle nest inventory on August 25th at 6:30 p.m. near the South Beach bath house on 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 their   Read more...
August 22nd, 2016

I eased into the entrance to Hunting Island State Park shortly before the meeting time of 6:30, thinking I would be the first to arrive, but Marianne had beat me to it.  I pulled in next to her, and Keith and Company (JoAnn and Suzanne) filed in right behind me.  There is something reassuring about our new meeting time, since we know the gate will already be open by the time we arrive.  We walked down to the clubhouse, and the Monday peeps started to assemble.  We were glad to see Cindy back, and soon all four team leaders and their teams were in and out of the clubhouse, picking up equipment and talking about the events of the past week...the discovery of nest #141, the inventories of the past weekend, including a rain soaked private inventory in front of the campground on Saturday night, and two public inventories on Sunday evening. 

Today was the first day in a while when teams were complete enough and team leaders were all present so   Read more...

August 21st, 2016
Mostly a quiet day checking nests.  A few hatchlings and a few crab holes.  Biggest activity was  an alligator in the surf in Zone 3 and keeping swimmers out of the water while security tried to noose it.  Alligator was still in water when we left, good luck...   Read more...
August 20th, 2016
No new nesting or hatching activity....  
August 19th, 2016

The Boss on the Beach will make the call when the season is over.  In the meantime..... if you are wondering when the latest nests were....

2016 is now in 3rd place for the latest nest in a season so 8/19 (Nest # 141) is not the latest.  However at this point, the season is 100 days long as it started with the first nest on 5/11.

The latest nest in a season was in 2009, when a nest was found on 8/26.  That season was 108 days long.

2nd place for the latest nest was in 1992.  8/21 was the last nest that year, though that was a relatively short season at 93 days.

USWS (US Wildlife Service) reported the last nest in 1983 was on Novermber 1st.  Hard to believe, so I beleive that is an outlier.

The average season is about 87 days


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