Fathers Day weekend proved to be a busy one along the Alabama coastline for momma sea turtles. If you include Friday in the weekend then we had 7 nesting sea turtles over those 3 nights. Following are a few of the highlites:
From Ft Morgan 6/17/17:
We have proof that storms don’t bother mama turtles when they are ready to nest. This mama, named Stormy by Cynthia Mayo came in before the storm (tracks are beat down by rain) nested, took a little stroll on the Beach and her tracks going out were dry.
Thanks to Cynthia for the […clip …] photos.
Thanks to all who came out and the walkers this morning.
It is a great day on Fort Morgan.
From the Refuge 6/17/17:
We had a busy morning yesterday here on the refuge with 2 nests and 4 false crawls! Thanks Diana and Morgan for helping us out with all of those! Both of the nests and all of the crawls were on the Perdue unit! Neither of the nests needed to be relocated since they were far enough up the beach. USGS has left so we won’t know ahead of time what awaits us on the beach but that’s just a part of patrol! Thanks Morgan for the pictures! […Clip…]
Wildlife Biology Intern
Bon Secour NWR
From Ft Morgan on Fathers Day 7/18/17:
Our new [… clip …] volunteer Rachel Joiner spotted a nest in her long walk [… clip…]. 1st responders went out to help and since she had nested so close to the water, 70 eggs were moved to safety. BARB Nash reported that there were only 30 eggs in the original chamber and more further back. While it isn’t common to have two egg chambers it isn’t unheard of. There were also 3 broken eggs down there. Mike Reynolds said he thinks this mama has nested here before because of the same situation and size. She was small 29″ track width. [Ed Note: Orange Beach had a nest with 2 egg chambers a couple of years ago] Thanks to all who spent their Father’s day morning helping with this very hot nest. Rachel was the egg finder so this really was her lucky day.
Mimi also found a beautiful false crawl beside her new under construction home.
From Laguna Kay on Friday 7/16/17:
A Tourist call in a little before 8 pm last night with turtle on the beach sighting. She got some great pictures before it got totally dark […clip…]. She had a 38″ crawl width.