Gary McGraw, head of the Dewees Turtle Team, reports…
This is an update for Week Three.
We’ve had two more nests. Anne Anderson discovered a nest June 3rd near Ancient Dunes Boardwalk. Nest #3 was well placed so we left it in situ. On June 7th, in a heavy rain downpour, Reggie F found Nest #4 had been predated with broken egg shells scattered all around. We suspect our resident red fox may have been the culprit. We have his paw prints from the nesting site for study. The Mama probably nested early giving the fox time to smell out the nest before patrollers arrived a little after 6AM. Judy F, Erica and I searched for more eggs but could only find three unbroken eggs which we relocated nearby. We also had three false crawls one each on June 3rd, 4th, and 7th. So we are off to an active start of our season.
As of today, the number of loggerhead nests are 27, 428 and 187 for NC, SC and GA, respectively.
Don’t forget TURTLE TUESDAYS at 9:30 AM in the Huyler House each Tuesday of the nesting season for a cup of coffee and informal chats about the latest.