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August 8th, 2016

To rain or not to rain seemed to be the question.  In those hours leading up to 4:30 on Monday mornings, I inevitably wake up two or three times looking at the clock, and it was dispiriting this morning to hear the pitter patter of a gentle rain on the skylights.  Trying to convince myself that it was the lawn sprinkler system going off, I talked myself back to sleep.  It has been incredibly hot and dry here lately, and rain would have been nice, but Monday morning rains during turtle nesting season is something that I hope will not occur.  When I did get up, I tossed a poncho and rain hat into the car, hoping I wouldn’t need them.  I did not, as it happens.

 

Fortunately, as I made my way into the car and out towards the Sea Island Parkway, the rain had stopped.  Less fortunately, the light at the end of Polowana seemed not to want to change today.  So I took my alternate route, turning right towards Beaufort, and heading into   Read more...

August 7th, 2016
Clearly the nesting season is winding down but it is not done. Harbor Island reported a nest today so there is still a chance…... The 2016 season, when finished will be #2 on number of nests in a season and #1 in number of total events.

We have relocated about one third of the 140 nests this year. Over the last 5 years we have averaged about 55% relocations.

I took a quick at what zones the nests were in this year versus prior years (see the chart below). We have information on Zones going back to 1990. Zone 6 didn’t exist or was just too small as there is no mention of it prior to 2005. Time elapse aerial photos of Hunting Island, which go back to 1994, clearly show how Zone 6 sort of grew on the south and western edges of Zone 5, moving toward the fishing pier at the south end of the island. As the result of Zone 6 being created in recent history, I lumped Zone 5 and 6 together.

At least twice in history, Zones 5 and 6 held over half the nests. Over the last
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August 7th, 2016
Zone 4 reported a boil from Nest #70.  Raccoon tracks, along with ghost crab tracks on the beach this morning.  No nesting...   Read more...
August 6th, 2016
No new nest.  Nest #47 in zone 2 boiled, and was attached by a racoon. ...   Read more...
August 6th, 2016
Zone 4 got nest #140!  It was a classic body pit, but not an easy nest to find.  The team would not give up, and in the end Buddy found the nest inches from where the team had been concentrating their efforts.  Good team...   Read more...

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