July 20: From Joe Spafford (GSP Team Lead)
This is going to be a short update. Susanna found our 11th nest of the season this morning and #3 for her. I think this mamma was young and she didn’t come far out of the water before nesting. Good thing Susanna found the tracks early as the tide was beginning to wash over the nest as we finished relocating the eggs. Thanks to Cathy, Darla, Suzanne, Eva, Carolyn, Bob, Lynn, and of course Fran and Neal for helping with the nest. We had lots of visitors on this one: Bud and Peggy from Covington, GA; Robin and Andrea from Colombia, IL; Alicia from Memphis and Paula from Baton Rouge; Elizabeth, Gavin, Tim, Blake, Dianne, and Logan from Jasper, IN; and Cathy from Hardy, AR.
Thanks to everyone who attended nest monitor training and tarping of G-1. Good session and the nest looks good for hatching. As was noted, this is the nest that was inundated with water for a few hours during the tropical depression high tides. Hopefully there will be plenty of hatchlings. We still have a few days open for someone to monitor the nest but I’ll be getting that out tomorrow. The team leader was in her element and did a great job with the training. We are off to a good start for getting baby turtles in the water!
[…Clip…] Somehow it all comes together with everyone’s help; thanks so much. We really do have a great team that gets better every year.
Denise and Joe Spafford, GSP Team Leaders
Fran and Neal Shults, GSP Co-Team Leaders