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About Us
The Holden Beach Turtle Watch, or Turtle Patrol as it is usually referred to, was founded in 1989 to monitor and protect the sea turtle population on Holden Beach. This all volunteer, nonprofit conservation organization operates under the authority of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST11). The program currently has approximately 65 members. Learn more..

Baby Loggerhead Turtle
Baby Loggerhead Turtle

What we do!

Starting in May, volunteers begin a dawn patrol of the beach searching for turtle crawls and possible nests. Once a sea turtle crawl is found, a team of turtle patrol volunteers assembles at the crawl location to find the eggs. If the nest is in an unsafe location, the nest will be carefully moved to a safer area on the beach.  The nest site is then covered with a protective grating and marked off with stakes, ribbon and a warning sign. For the next 50-70 days of incubation the nest will be monitored for signs of an impending hatching.  At that time, turtle patrol members will start a nightly watch on the nest until all of the hatchlings are released. The nest is then opened and an inventory is taken to account for any unhatched or non-fertile egg and insure that all live babies make it to the ocean.  This process is repeated with each and every nest. The season ends in October when the last nest hatches.

Call our 24/7 Stranding Team at 910-754-0766

Please only call this number for turtle emergencies!

Found a mother laying a nest? A stranded or injured sea turtle and/or unattended hatchlings? Call the HBTWP Stranding Team at:
910-754-0766


This refrigerator magnet should be in every beach front home. If not contact your rental agent or any turtle patrol member you see on the beach.

 

T-Shirts now available by mail!

Even if you can't make it to Holden Beach this summer, you can own this year's HBTWP Shirt. 

The shirts are now available by mail.

For information about purchasing shirts email us: HBTurtleshirts@hotmail.com

Send your name, address, shirt size and check (sorry, we can't do credit cards) to:

Holden Beach Turtle Patrol
PO Box 487
Supply, NC 28462

New shirt prices, styles, and we now have long sleeve shirts and hats:

Short sleeve
All Youth shirts XS to Large $17
Adult S,M,L,XL  $20
Adult 2X, 3X  $22

Long Sleeve
Adult Long Sleeve S,M,L,XL  $25
Adult Long Sleeve 2X  $27
Adult Long Sleeve XXXL   $28


HBTWP hats-- $22

Shipping   
1-2 Items $8.95 Flat rate envelope 
3-7 shirts $16.10
All others $20.00

Make checks payable to: 

Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program or HBTWP

For information about purchasing shirts email us: HBTurtleshirts@hotmail.com

Updates
The Statistics For 2022
Current Nest Count
False Crawls
7
8
Total Known Eggs
Total Baby Turtles to Ocean

Most Recent Updates & News:

Holden Beach Turtle Patrol Trainees

posted: May 26, 2022, 8:33 AM

It is that time of the year when the trainees for the Turtle Watch Program start preparation for saving our endangered friends. They go through an introduction to the program with Pat Cusack, the head of the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program. He holds the license with the state to ...click to read more of this news article.

Celebrate National Turtle Day

posted: May 23, 2022, 7:28 AM

World Turtle Day is observed every year on May 23rd with the purpose of increasing attention and knowledge about turtles and tortoises. It was founded in 1990 by the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR). The ATR's mission is to educate people about things they can do to protect the habitats of ...click to read more of this news article.

Turtle Season 2022 has Officially Begun

posted: May 21, 2022, 3:52 PM

The 2022 turtle season has officially begun! Our first nest was spotted by our morning riders on May 21. The nest is covered in plastic netting to keep crabs, fox, raccoons, and other predators out. The nest is then surrounded by caution tape for protection from people and vehicles. A ...click to read more of this news article.

Historical Data

As recommended by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, it is the policy of the HBTWP to NOT disclose the locations or potential hatch dates of active turtle nests on our beach. A listing of nest locations will NOT be published in newspapers, on this website or on other social media. Please donít call the emergency number or contact the webmaster to ask about nests. This is for the safety of the turtles!

*** You can view Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program Historical Data here. ***


Video

We are excited to provide video footage of a turtle nest hatching. There are 6 six video clips available for your viewing. We hope you enjoy...
Click here to visit 'The Turtle Patrol Cinema'.


Holden Beach

The Town of Holden Beach is located midway between Wilmington, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -- about 40 minutes driving from each. The Town is situated on an Atlantic coastal barrier island, facing south onto the Long Bay region of Brunswick County. I-95 from the north and south, I-40 from the west and US-17 south from Wilmington or north from Myrtle Beach leads to Holden Beach -- approximately 3 hours from Raleigh, or 4 hours from Charlotte or Greensboro, or 7 hours from Asheville. For more map detail of Brunswick County, go to Brunswick Islands, and then click on "Maps".

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Thank you for buying our t-shirts at turtle talk and at Lighthouse Gifts. This is how we make money to finance the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program (like buying a new 4 wheel drive ATV). Thank all of you who let us use your walkways and visited with us on the beach night after night. You will never know how much your support and friendship on the beach means to all of us.

If you would like to contact us or make a donation, please write to us at:

Holden Beach Turtle Patrol
PO Box 487
Supply N.C. 28462

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