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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Inventory Briarcliffe Nest #6

Final nest and final inventory of 2016 season on the Briarcliffe Beach.  This nest was laid on 

48 days later, hatchlings emerge around 10PM. 

Inventory is performed 5 days later

First one, very active hatchling is uncovered

Then 2 more, but less active hatchlings are found 
at the bottom

This little guy from the very bottom of egg chamber
covered in sand

Inventory Results:

Nest was laid on July 14
Hatchlings emerged on August 31, 48 days later

112 eggs in original nest, 3 eggs were broken at bottom of original nest, 1 additional egg was taken for DNA

108 eggs moved back, above HTL

85 hatched eggs,
23 unhatached
No dead hatchlings
3 live hatchlings

78.37 hatching success rate

 A huge thanks to all of the Braircliffe Crew who walked the beach every morning.  A special thanks to Larry who worked on every nest.  

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