Gulf State Park again!
June 29: From Joe Spafford (GSP Team Lead)
It was another happy day in the Gulf State Park. New team member Carolyn Schupp and veteran Debi Jones were subbing when they came upon a very long crawl. This momma was determined to nest and found the perfect place was a head start hole someone left unfilled on the beach. The depression was deep but covered a large enough area so she could nest easily. Carolyn was quick to call and get the team into action because there was threatening weather just off shore to the west. The one call went out but the team was informed we couldn’t wait to get started with the weather. Patrollers from the other section joined Denise and got started. It took a little while to locate the eggs, with Denise finding them from the side. As the nest was a safe distance from the wrack line, the eggs were covered and the nest was marked, predator screen applied and staked, and all the data was recorded. The nest was flagged with tape and a team picture was taken, with the rainbow in the background (is that correct if it is over water?). Thanks to team members Lynn Doerr, Bob Parris, Cathy Bell, and Darla Rice, who came to help Carolyn, Debi and the team leaders and co-team leaders.
And we still have one June day left, gonna be a record year. It is a record number of nests for Gulf State Park already but we are ready for more. Congratulations team!
Denise and Joe Spafford, GSP Team Leaders
Fran and Neal Shults, GSP Co-Team Leaders