August 22nd. Nest #12 was found this morning, 114 eggs were relocated to a safer spot. Nest Parents Neal and Andrea now busy airing out their parkas in anticipation of another year of brisk late October nest sitting!
October 12th day 55, The nest will be trenched and began sitting the nest on day 60.
Nov. 3rd. - Here is an update on Nest 12: The State Supervisor was contacted about the the nest...and the good news is that, given current conditions he feels the nest is viable and stands a good chance of a normal hatch; the bad news is the incubation period could be quite long. We will not be permitted to perform any sort of excavation until Day 90!! With today being day 73, and our 13th day of sitting, Nest parent and PISTP coordinator have made the decision not to sit the nest for 17 more days. Instead, we would like to work out a schedule of nightly nest checks.
Nov. 20th - We did the 90 day excavation on Nest 12...were happy to find nice fat viable eggs, so we covered them up back up for now. Stay tuned on where we will go from here!
Nov. 24th. - Who would have ever thought that we'd still be watching a sea turtle nest on Carolina Beach on Thanksgiving! Today was day #94 and all we know is that we have a nest full of eggs that look like they could hatch at anytime. Nancy will be sending this out tomorrow to everyone else but I want to share with those of you that have continued to watch over nest #12 that we'll be going in a second time to check the state of the nest this Friday at 4 PM. Meanwhile, the nest still must be checked on a regular basis. The following individuals responded to Nancy's earlier email and indicated they could check at the times listed:
Nov. 27th. Nancy wrote: We had a sad excavation on Friday...about half of the eggs in Nest 12 were either shriveled up or half pipped (cracked open) with hatchlings that didn't make it. The other half of the eggs appeared fairly viable and were reburied after being separated from the bad stuff. However with more cold nights over the past weekend we are losing hope. We left the nest staked up but will remove the stakes this weekend (Friday will be Day 104). Although this is a sad end to our season, we can take heart with the good news....we safely put 1163 baby turtles safely in the water this season!!! That is a great reason to rejoice, and we can be proud of all the hard work we have done this summer. I would like to thank nest parents Neal and Andrea for their hard work and dedication to Nest 12 and to all of you who worked so hard to pull off the busiest season ever in CB. You got all those turtles home.
Dec. 3rd - There has been no activity this week (except for the dead portion of the nest being dug up by a dog-thank you Lorna for reburying them). The stakes will be pulled up on Sunday...again, a sad end to our season for this late nest.