July 18: From Lisa Graham (OB Team Lead)
Well just when we thought another boring nest in OB, we have H-22!! The LOF crew/Donna Dick spotted Momma T. making her way back to the water this morning just before 5:00am. Lila reported the find at 5:50am. It was a very confusing crawl which included an abandoned nest under the water table. After examining the area and feeling we were in for a intense egg hunt, Tina K. found the eggs in less than 10 min. YAY!! As we were searching several volunteers were already hitting water and asking, ” Would she lay here below the water table?” Answer – YES!
We know the nest was very fresh, so these eggs should survive the relocation. This nest was located in [section] A1/A2. Lila was on A1 and found the nest (her first), Tina K. was on A2 and found the eggs!! 140 eggs were saved and relocated. Great job OB team!!
While all the excitement was happening at H22, Jane and Norm were looking for eggs in E. No eggs were found, but HFC-26 was a tricky false crawl – Thanks y’all for working the area!
I wish I could share all the great pics taken today but too many to attach. You can see them all on Facebook!!
[Ed Note:] Once again a row of wooden loungers stopped our nesting sea turtle from continuing up the beach. Most of our nests this year in Orange Beach have been laid just a few feet short of these chairs. Just sayin’