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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Inventory Briarcliffe Nest #5

Briarcliffe nest #5 and Briarcliffe nest #6 were laid on the same night.   Nest #6 emerged on August 17th, day 51 of incubation.

Briarcliffe Nest #5 took a few days longer, emerging on August 20th, day 54.

Inventory 4 days later, Sunday August 23

Small crowd gathers

Hatached eggs, pipped eggs

Whole eggs, pipped eggs (hatchling died while hatching from egg)

This hatchling died in late development, full formed
Notice how body encircles it yolk

These little guys did not make it, died after hatching

Larry shows the crowd some of the more interesting finds

Large tree washed up on the beach near the nest
Someone left an angel

Inventory Results

Nest Laid on June 27th, left in situ or natural
Htachlings emerged on August 20/21   54 days incubation
1 egg taken for DNA, 103 eggs found in nest at Inventory  
Total egg count 104 eggs
90 hatched eggs
6 whole or unhatched of which 3 died in early development, 3 died late development
7 hatchlings died during pipping, emerging from egg
0 live hatchlings, 4 dead hatchlings 

87.38% hatching success rate

Thank you Larry, Cindy, Bob, Claire and Sherry

Monday, August 24, 2015

Inventory.....NMB Nest #6

NMB Nest #6 was laid around 58th Ave N, June 28th.  As NMB STP Volunteers Stephen and Melinda started their weekly Sunday morning walk,  they saw a fox digging in the sand, midway down the beach.  A turtle crawl was also visible,  leading up to where the fox was.  They ran up to the body pit, chasing the fox away.  Egg chamber was quickly found by following the digging of the fox, one egg was cracked, and an additional egg was found, abandoned on the beach, up closer to the dunes.  Both shells were used for the DNA sample.

116 eggs were moved to a protected dune area at 59th Ave N.  After contacting, SC Department of Natural Resources, permission was granted to put a cage over the egg cavity as protection from further fox interest.   During the incubation time, fox tracks were seen very often, walking near the cage, checking things out.....

Late Monday night, August 17th, day 50 of incubation, a hole appears near the egg cavity and within an hour the mass exit of hatchlings took place.  Most ran straight to the ocean although a few stragglers seemed to get disorientated by the lights of a multi-story condo complex, the first three floors being an open and brightly lit parking garage.  These few hatchlings turned from the water's edge and headed back up toward the lights.  One hatchling made it all the way up to the side of the condo and was headed toward the street.

Holes do matter on the beach.  One hatchling was being watched as it crawled toward the ocean when it completely disappeared.  Search of the area where the hatchling was last seen, a hole made by a beach umbrella was found and the hatchling was at the bottom of the hole, about 12 inches down.  The hatchling was recovered from the hole and set on it's way to the water.........

Nest early in the evening, May 17th

 Nest on August 18th, after the emergence


Sand has started to fill in the hole

Crowd gathers

Talk about the sea turtles and what to expect during the inventory

Stephen and Hannah dig up the egg chamber
First egg shell is quickly found and shown

Maddy shows crowd a whole egg and a hatched egg

Counting the eggs, making sure all shells have 
been pulled from the egg chamber

Maddy and Corrina pack up the poles, Nest #6 is now history

Inventory Results;

118 eggs laid by the mother

2 eggs destroyed by fox, used for DNA

116 moved to Dunes at 59th Ave N

100 Hatched eggs

16 whole or unhatched, all appeared to died in early development

no live or dead hatchings

86.21% hatching success rate 

Inventory Briarcliffe Nest #6

Two nests were laid on Braircliffe late night/early morning of June 27th, Briarcliffe #5 and #6.  Monday morning, August 17th, volunteers found that Briarcliffe Nest #6 had emerged, all tracks going straight to the water.

A natural or in situ nest, 2 eggs were found broken at the top of the egg chamber that June morning, these eggs were used for DNA Sample, eggs were quickly recovered and nest left alone to incubate.

Nest emerged late night, early morning, August 17th, Day 50/51.   Inventory was conducted on Thursday, Aug. 20th.

Inventory Results:

111 Empty or hatched egg shells
11 whole eggs of which 3 appeared to be infertile, 8 died in early development
2 hatchlings died during hatching, pipping

126 total eggs laid, 124 incubated 51 days

Thank you Larry, Cindy, Bob and Claire.  Thank you Larry for your pictures.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Inventory, NMB Nest #5

NMB Nest #5, 15th Ave N.....Laid on June 27.....tracks of mother were first reported by NMB Sanitation at 5:15AM.....Check on the tracks,  a huge mound of sand was quickly seen,  mound turned out to be the nesting female turtle, just starting to dig and lay her eggs.  Mother was watched for over an hour an half....a special treat ...........

Nest depressed on Sunday, Aug 16th  around 10PM and hatchlings boiled out just before 11PM.

Withing 10 minutes all that remained was a nice classic depression

All  seemed to run straight to the ocean and disappear into the waves
but a nest check the next morning, Mary, Stan and Connie found one set of tracks
around the walkway at 15th and then found one, lost hatchling close to the dunes.  
They took the hatchling closer to the water and watched as it revived and swam away

Inventory is scheduled 4 days later, on Thursday.  Storms start to roll through the area just before inventory is scheduled to start.  

A special group, the students from Current Transitions, s a non-profit program providing ongoing life skills classes for individuals with cognitive disorders and intellectual disabilities, arrive just as storm does.

Quick look at the nest, then rain starts

Pause in activity, students go back to bus but rain soon stops
A big rainbow comes out as the students come back to the nest

Stan, Rob and Ingrid start to dig up the egg chamber

A huge thanks to the NMB STP Volunteers who worked with he students, explaining what
we were doing and why

Results of the inventory

Nest was laid the morning of June 27th
Nest was left in situ or natural with one egg taken for DNA

Nest emerged on August 16, 50th day of incubation

Inventory on August 20th, despite the stormy beginning

128 eggs laid, 1 egg taken for DNA
106 empty or hatched shells
21 unhatched, all collapsed
no live or dead hatchlings
127 eggs 
83.46% hatching success rate

A huge thansk to the Current Transition Students for coming to watch
A big Thank you to all of the NMB STP Volunteers who came and helped
A special thanks to Mary and Corrina for your pictures!

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