Gordon’s Surprise for Alabama Point
Oct 27th —–
It was a good thing our last excavation of the season occurred before all of the coastal erosion we experienced over the last few days
A-45 was excavated on Friday, October 23rd by Claudia, Rick and Barb N., Chan, Kelly, Diane, Carson and Vicki C.
The nest was at Day 75 and since no sounds had been heard we were quite curious to know if our last nest of the season was infertile or the inundation that occurred prior to Day 55 had harmed any hatchlings. We were relieved to find that 89 of the 91 eggs were infertile but sad to see we lost 2 un-hatched full term hatchlings. We had to dig halfway to China to get to the bottom of this nest which was 35″ down due to the 9″ of sand which had been deposited on top of the predator screen on Day 74.
When this nest was found, it was 33 Ft back from the mean high tide line and at excavation it was near the waterline and the area showed evidence of water that had washed much higher back on the beach than where the nest sat. It was a good example of how quickly and drastically the topography of our beaches can change. I have attached some pictures of the excavation and of our wonderful volunteers.
I just wanted to take the opportunity to say Thank You to our wonderful team leaders, Debi Gholson and Debbie Harbin. These ladies worked long and tirelessly on behalf of our program this season and deserve a big hand for all they did. Job well done Debi and Debbie and thank you on behalf of all the volunteers on the Fort Morgan team. You two are the BEST!!!! It has been a pleasure to be part of your team this year.