July 1: From “The Debs” (FM Team Leads)
Mama turtles came in last night with a big bang. We had 3 nests and a false crawl. The 1st one on Ponce De Leon came in beside a tent and nested and then exited through the middle of the tent. The next […clip…] wandered all over the beach, made a couple of loops and went way up in the dunes to nest. Some fishermen said they saw her and took pictures. We think that they probably had lights and that disoriented her. [Ed Note: Please don’t shine white lights at a sea turtle on the beach. Please! Not only does it disorient and frighten them, it can be considered harassing and could lead to Federal criminal punishment.]
The 3rd [nest had] no obstructions in her way and she made a perfect nest. The false crawl was at a really crowded part of the beach and was hard to spot. She doubled back over her tracks so it looked like there were no tracks going out. As expected the beach is a mess with tents and stuff. Some places are almost impossible to get through, sometimes requiring people to walk the beach while the UTV makes it’s way around. [Ed Note: Our Ft Morgan visitors know in some places the beach is very narrow. Our UTV used for patrol has to have a clear path to pass. Please be considerate during the months of May thru August – nesting & patrol season. Consider taking your tent in at night]
TRAINING FOR NEST SITTING:
Normally we use out 1st nest as our training nest but our 1st nest this year is a Kemps Ridley and is very unpredictable. It will possibly be a day time hatching so things will be handled differently. (you will all be alerted when it gets close). We will use our 2nd nest A4 as the training nest. Day 55 will be July 19th so we will do training either that day or maybe a day earlier, depending on conditions. Vicki Clark is the nest coordinator so you will check with her to be part of the sitting team. It is in a very congested area with tents all around.
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY