Gulf State Park had it’s first turtle nest of the 2015 season on Tuesday (May 19th). The tracks were found by veteran turtlers Jean Lyons and Pat Libby, assisted by newbie turtler Debi Jones. Debi was doing a daily stroll of the beach and came across the tracks at about 5:30 am. She waited for the vets to confirm that the tracks were in fact turtle tracks and remained to work with the team on the nest. The one call was issued after I got to the nest and we waited on team members to arrive before beginning to process the nest. Shortly after we started Neal Shults (Co-Team Leader) found the eggs and we began to relocate the nest. Mike Reynolds was anxiously awaiting confirmation and Lisa Graham texted him that we found the eggs. Mama turtle laid a total of 102 eggs and all were safely relocated closer to the dunes and away from the high tide line. Our team performed like champs.
In addition to the four mentioned above there was Maureen Ashmore, Doug Caudil, Bob Parris, Kelly Reetz (Past Team Leader), and Fran Shults (Co-Team Leader). We had special guests Lisa Graham and Gwen Keith’s family from Orange Beach, Sparkie Harrison and a new member of her team from West Beach, and a group of students from The University of Wisconsin. Kelly Reetz took some time to talk with the UW students about Share The Beach and the activities they were seeing, and entertained their questions. We had several tourists pass by and stop to see what we were doing. Everyone pitched in and we had a great time. We are definitely off to a good start for this season. Woohoo!!
Joe Spafford (GSP Team Leader)