Sept 4 – Updates
I’m a little behind, but we are officially finished with patrolling for the season! Current nest count for Dauphin Island stands at 18! Another false crawl turned out to contain eggs, unfortunately found after the area was predated. Based on the false crawl data, it should be at roughly 57 or 58 days. It’s down pretty far on the west end, but any time anyone can get out to check on it would be appreciated!
We continue to monitor J-9, though no further activity has been detected since the random hatchling from a few nights ago. I have emailed Mike to ask for advice on excavation timing for that one. I’ll keep everyone updated!
J-7 continues to be silent as well, so we need to plan for a day 75 excavation. That will fall this coming Tuesday, Sept 8. I will work on timing and send out another email.
Thanks everyone! Not finished yet, but things are definitely slowing down!
Team Leader, Dauphin Island
Sept 21 – Excavations & our last nest
First, let me say I am so not used to our season going this late! It’s fantastic! We have a few more nests to wrap up before we’re officially finished, though. We’re planning to excavate 9 this weekend, since it only let out one lone hatchling, and then we’ll be hitting day 75. It will be interesting to see what we find! We’ll also do one (maybe 2) on the west end beach. J-18 was originally a false crawl that was then found predated a couple of weeks ago. We know from the false crawl data sheet that this one is hitting day 75 tomorrow, but we’ll roll the excavation in with 9. There was also ANOTHER nest found on the west end at the end of last week. We haven’t determined if this was from another of our many false crawls, or if this was one we missed. Still figuring out if we’ll excavate that one this weekend as well. I will update with date and time as soon as I have it!
Finally, J-14 is the last nest we’re waiting on and hits day 50 tomorrow. I think with the cooler weather we’ve been having lately, this one will take longer, but I do want to start checking on it regularly this week. Please keep me posted anytime anyone checks on it, so I know when it’s been done, even if there is nothing to report yet.
Sept 28 – Loggerhead released
I hope you’re all drying out a bit from yesterday’s downpours. The excavations Saturday went well. Looks like 9, in addition to the heavy predation it took in the beginning, also may have been inundated from below, via the water table. There were a lot of infertile/addled eggs, and a handful of definite embryos.
Now for some happy news. There will be a live loggerhead release at the public beach tomorrow at 11am! This turtle was rescued from the island earlier in the season, was rehabilitated at the Gulfarium, and is ready to return to the water! Also, I’m not positive on details, but one of the nesting mamas from across the bay, who was rescued and rehabilitated, was slated for release in Gulf Shores today, but that has been canceled. I believe her release is now set for tomorrow at the same time as the other, here on the island! So we may have 2 sea turtles heading off the public beach tomorrow. Again, this is at 11am, for at least 1 turtle. Try to join if you can. It’s a sight not to be missed!!
Finally, this just leave J-14 to wrap up the season. We are actively monitoring this nest now, and should start to see signs of hatching soon. It is at day 56 now, and for this time in the season, I expect we’ll go a bit past 60 days, thanks to cooler nights and the recent rain. We’ll need to get it checked today after all of the rain to make sure it looks ok, but it was situated high enough that it should be fine.
Party details should be coming soon!
Team Leader, Dauphin Island