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Monday, June 29, 2015

NMB Nest #6

Early morning walkers were told by Jimmy, NMB Beach Raker that there was a crawl ahead.  When they arrived, to their dismay, a big, busy tailed fox was already digging in the body pit.  They chased it away....concern...did the fox get the eggs?  Following the fox tracks up the beach to a path leading off the beach, an egg is discovered, laying on the sand, cracked open, yolk running out.  No other eggs were found......

Finding the egg chamber was easy, just dig where the fox was digging.  Moving the sand, one egg was discovered closed to the surface, a huge crack in the shell but otherwise intact.  This egg was used for DNA.

Further digging, more eggs found, all looked to be OK, undisturbed, 
nestled in the sand.

  The egg chamber was in the middle of the wide beach, in the middle of all beach traffic, Sanitation, Beach Patrol, Beach Services as well as people wanting to use the beach.  So eggs were moved further back, halfway up a dune. 

Titus did a great job counting, same number of eggs counted in the new egg chamber as
number removed from original hole

Sunday Morning Crew....Great JOB

Eggs have been relocated, nest is marked and 
protected.  Fingers crossed the fox
does not come back

118 eggs, 2 eggs destroyed by the fox
116 relocated to the dunes

NMB Nest #6

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Briarcliffe Nests #5 and #6, Briarcliffe False crawl #1

Saturdaay, June 27th.....Not one but two nests reported on the Briarcliffe Beach.  Judy C was looking for her first crawl after having walked the beach for several years..... a false crawl had been reported the day before so hope was great, and then after a long walk, came upon that elusive crawl going up into the dunes.  She called it in and continued on her walk.....only to come upon a second crawl, this one going up into the dunes as well.   Measurements of the widths of both crawls were different, TWO MOTHERS, TWO NESTS?

Quick probes and eggs were found in both body pits....Both nests were left natural or in situ, both mothers picked great spots,  dark, high n the dunes, well above the spring high tide line.

False crawl on Friday

No real body pit
Quick turn around in the the dunes

 First crawl on Saturday

Barely see them, but yes we have eggs

Second Crawl

Body pit

Yes, soft sand


Briarcliffe nests #5 and #6
Both high up the beach, above the Spring HTL so
left in situ
1 egg taken from each nest for DNA

Saturday, June 27, 2015

NMB Nest #5

Early morning, 5:20 AM report of a turtle crawl from NMB Sanitation.  Quick trip down to the area, no one on the beach, tracks faintly seen in the dark, ending close to a big pile of sand.  Closer look, pile was not sand but a nesting loggerhead. Approaching her slowly from behind,  it was soon determined that she was still laying eggs.  Other NMB STP Volunteers started to arrive, sun coming up, more early morning walkers on the beach were greeted with this rare sight.

All finished laying eggs
throwing sand to hide the egg chamber

Heading back to the ocean

NMB Nest #5

Soon all that remains are her tracks.  These will disappear quickly
as the day gets started



NMB Nest #5

1 egg taken for DNA

Nest left natural or in situ

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