Waties Island Nest Count

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Number 12!

Steve and Steve heading down to the crawl
Wednesday's volunteers were rewarded with a beautiful morning on the beach, a beautiful crawl at the Hog Inlet end of the island which turned out to be Nest #12 for this season.

Looks just about perfect!
We had lots of help today from some visiting grandkids from New Jersey and Virginia and returning visitor Betty from Pennsylvania.

The nest was about 18" deep which is about average.  We found that the top egg in the nest was already broken so it was used for the DNA sample.

Steve H with his new NMB Sea Turtle Patrol shirt
Izzy and Mary with the eggs

128 minus 1 for the DNA sample were reburied

Definitely a group effort this morning - measuring tracks, taking GPS readings, counting the eggs as they were moved, collecting the DNA sample, installing markers, taking more measurements and recording all the data in a notebook.  Thanks to everyone for helping make this a successful morning.

It really is Nest #12 (corrected after this photo)

1 comment:

  1. Our family will be visiting August 3-10 and would love to help out! Are there options for volunteering?