From Lisa Graham (Orange Beach Team Leader)….. June 9th, 2018
YAY! What an exciting morning that actually started about 10:25 last night. A family from St. Louis spotted Momma T. coming in to nest. They googled and found the hotline! I got to the beach and she had finished dropping her eggs but the worn out Big Momma took abt 45 min to cover and finish. She was not tagged. We left the nest unmarked for volunteers to find this morning. The call came at 5:30 am, new volunteers Courtney and her Dad, Larry Walton found H-1! Sent the Callemall and 7 min later Madge and Brent called with action at Cotton Bayou. After determining where to relocate the nest, I left Jerrie with an excited group of newbies and veterans. Carol found the eggs [of H-1] and 109 were relocated with lots of TLC. 34″ CW [crawl width]. Great job OB team!!
Arrived at Cotton Bayou to find abt 300′ of crawl. Appeared to be a confused turtle, maybe young, no sign of harassment but lots of coyote tracks all over the area. H-2 [egg clutch] was found in seconds by Cathy and Mary. Shallow nest [clip…]. Veteran volunteers acted fast and relocated 93 eggs. 34″ CW but 28″ measuring just back flippers so maybe it was the same turtle that visited other beaches last night and the night before. Most of us headed to H-1 get a pic with first nest of season!
A great start to the day and always good when it happens on Saturdays. Both nests were first nest finds! Congrats to Brent (H-2) and the Waltons (H-1). Thank you everyone that made it to the beach!! We held off on moving H-1 little longer than usual so y’all could make it. Thanks for your patience!
Have a great day and see you on the beach!