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Facts about our turtles

Posted: April 8, 2017, 6:04 AM

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Last year (2016) there was a total of 1650 turtle nests in North Carolina (52 of them on our beach). There were 1622 loggerhead sea turtle nests (this is a state record), 34 green turtle nests and 4 Kemps Ridley nests. With over 126200 hatchlings. Since 2010 we have been

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2017 Shirts are here!

Posted: March 26, 2017, 9:13 AM

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The limited edition 2017 Holden Beach Turtle Patrol T-Shirts are now available. Be among the first to get one! They can be purchased from our website by mail or at the Lighthouse Gift Store on the causeway in Holden Beach. This year's prices: Short sleeve-- Youth $15 Adults S-XL $17

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2017 Annual Meeting

Posted: March 6, 2017, 9:30 AM

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The 2017 annual meeting of the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program will be held at the Holden Beach Town Hall meeting room at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017. All program members are encouraged to attend. Tony Marwitz, the program's president will preside at this meeting. There will be

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Special Donation....Thank you!

Posted: February 17, 2017, 8:10 AM

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“Redmond Ruckus”....Austin, Miller, and Josie’s families have a longtime relationship with Holden Beach, dating back to the 60’s. When these youngsters and their families are here they attend Turtle Talks and enjoy Holden Beach to the maximum. Last summer they were fortunate and excited to have witnessed dozens of sea

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Turtle Season is Over

Posted: September 14, 2016, 8:28 PM

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Our last nest of the season closed tonight with 8 hatchlings found and released to the water. The season wrapped up earlier than previous years because no nests were laid in August. A total of 6250 eggs were laid over 52 nests with 5517 hatchlings released to the ocean resulting

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Final Nest

Posted: September 11, 2016, 7:10 PM

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It's hard to believe we're down to our last nest! Nest 50 was laid on 7/26/16 and has 90 eggs. The adoption team will begin checking the nest on 9/14, the 50th day after the nest being laid.

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The Last Few Nests

Posted: September 7, 2016, 9:18 PM

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Fortunately, it doesn't appear that the high tides and heavy rains generated by Tropical Storm Hermine had a negative impact on the remaining turtle nests. Two nests, #45 and #46, closed on Sunday night with 20 and 16 hatchlings found respectively. In addition, three more nests boiled (hatched) between Monday

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Hermine's High Water

Posted: September 2, 2016, 10:33 AM

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Our ATV rider was out early this morning (between 6:30 and 7:30)---between bands of rain from Hermine. While the tide water is higher than usual, all of the nests appeared safe at this time. We have six nests left on the beach. .While this hot weather we've been having has

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Last Turtle Talk

Posted: August 31, 2016, 1:38 PM

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There has been a lot of baby turtle activity on the beach the past few weeks. 42 of the 52 nests have hatched already. The nests have been hatching “early” and fast---due to the high temperatures we’ve been experiencing. We expect that the season will be over by mid-September this

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Busy Night on the Beach

Posted: August 22, 2016, 8:24 PM

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Monday night was quite a busy night on Holden Beach. Two nests were closed out and two were "collared" or set up for hatching. Nest 29 boiled on day 53 wth 94 hatchlings. Additional hatchlings emerged on each of the subsequent three nights and 4 babies were found deep in

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Wild Nest Closed

Posted: August 21, 2016, 6:10 PM

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Wild nest 52 closed last night. We saw over 90 babies go out from this surprise nest in the beautiful moonlight last Wednesday night. There were no additional live babies found during the excavation. The patrol members did find 6 infertile eggs and 121 egg shells. Prior to Wednesday night

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Babies in the moonlight!

Posted: August 19, 2016, 11:50 AM

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There were lots of baby turtles swimming in the full moon last night and the night before. The news from the beach is that it's been over two weeks since a mother turtle has laid a nest on our beach. This is a sign that the nesting season is over.

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Turtles, turtles everywhere

Posted: August 7, 2016, 9:17 PM

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If you were on Holden Beach any evening during the past week, chances were good you came across baby turtles. Several nests hatched and we thank all of the residents and vacationers who notified the Turtle Patrol when they came across hatchlings on the beach. Following the main hatch, or

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More sand on the beach?

Posted: August 5, 2016, 10:24 AM

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For those of you who do not know, the Town of Holden Beach is considering adding sand to a large part of the strand. This project is called the Central Reach Project. The additional sand will be placed from 240 O.B. E. to 781 O. B. W. This will be

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Busy time on the beach.

Posted: July 31, 2016, 2:53 PM

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The babies are HATCHING!!!! And not wasting any time! Nest 9 hatched on DAY 50!!! The hot weather is speeding up the incubation time. Turtle Patrol is busy, there were at least 47 members on the beach between 7/25 and today! Look for the "red shirts" on the beach in

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Nest 5 Closeout and Nest 6 Boiled same night!

Posted: July 28, 2016, 10:36 PM

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What a great feeling when nest 5 was closed Thursday night - 23 baby turtles were found and released to the water. Some of the babies were wedged into the side of the nest so Turtle Patrol members carefully scraped away the sand in order to free them. These little

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Nest 1 Closeout

Posted: July 28, 2016, 12:31 PM

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Ten baby turtles were found when nest 1 was closed out Wednesday night and all of them made a mad dash for the water! Two babies also emerged from nest 5 around 9:20pm. Please remember to turn off all porch lights and close blinds/curtains at night - the baby turtles

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First Babies of the Season

Posted: July 26, 2016, 11:17 PM

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The past several nights have been very busy with 5 nests hatching! Nest 3 boiled Saturday night shortly after dark with 110 babies and 13 additional hatchlings were found at the close out Tuesday evening. And the mornings continue to be busy, too - nest number 50 was found Tuesday

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Hatching Season is Upon Us

Posted: July 21, 2016, 10:47 PM

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It's what we've all been waiting for: baby turtles! Our first nests of the season are now at least 50 days old and have been prepared for hatching. Black plastic landscape material is placed in the form of a "collar" around each nest on day 50 indicating the nest is

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Children's Turtle Time

Posted: July 20, 2016, 3:52 PM

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If you missed it today, there are two more chances to attend Children's Turtle Time. The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol offers a program for younger turtle enthusiasts. The final two “Children’s Turtle Time” for this year will be held Wednesdays July 27 and August 3 from 4-5 p.m. at the

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Turtle Trifecta Time of Year

Posted: July 11, 2016, 8:09 PM

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Mid July means there are three major atctivites supported by the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol: 1) mother turtles are still actively nesting; 2) Turtle Talk takes place every Wednesday evening at 7pm at the Town Hall and children's Turtle Time takes place at 4pm; and 3) what we've all been

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Lots of Activity

Posted: June 26, 2016, 11:43 AM

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We've had lots of turtle activity over this weekend....a special turtle, too. Yesterday (Saturday) there were 4 crawls found on the the beach and this morning 7 crawls were found. What was exciting that one yesterday appeared to be a Green Sea Turtle. Teams searched for eggs but unfortunately none

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26 Nests and Counting

Posted: June 21, 2016, 8:51 PM

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There are now 26 Loggerhead turtle nests on Holden Beach with 3137 known eggs and 30 false crawls. We're still in the prime nesting season so more nests are expected! Please remember to remove all beach equipment at the end of the day and fill in all holes so the

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Special Donation

Posted: June 18, 2016, 6:38 AM

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The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol has only two ways of raising money....our annual T-shirt sales and donations. We recently got a special donation in the mail from Sam Ernest. There's a wonderful story behind this donation. Sam is a seventh grader in Charlotte, NC. For a Social Studies assignment he

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The turtles were REALLY busy this week!

Posted: June 12, 2016, 8:52 PM

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Twelve nests were laid over the past 7 days with 4 of those on Friday! We've also had a lot of false crawls (mothers crawl onto the beach but don't lay their eggs) which means the mother turtles have been VERY busy! The mother turtle of nest 8 did a

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Lucky Visitors

Posted: June 6, 2016, 4:23 PM

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Saturday night June 4 was an exciting night on Holden Beach! Visitors walking the beach at dusk were treated to a sight not seen my many--a mother turtle laying her eggs. They called our "turtle emergency" number and members of our stranding team joined them on the beach to watch.

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Turtle Release

Posted: June 4, 2016, 10:52 AM

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One of the goals of the HBTP is to help sick and injured sea turtles found on or near Holden Beach. We have a stranding team that is on duty 24/7. We encourage anyone who sees a sick or injured sea turtle to please call our "turtle emergency" number. Frequently

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Turtle Talk begins this week

Posted: May 30, 2016, 1:47 PM

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The first Turtle Talk of the season will take place on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7:00pm at the Town Hall. Join members of the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol to learn more about the turtles that nest on our beach, what you can do to help the turtles, and how

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Happy Memorial Day!

Posted: May 30, 2016, 1:43 PM

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Nest #4 was found this Memorial Day morning with119 eggs. The mother turtle crawled right up to the escarpment (cliff developed as the result of erosion), but turned and crawled another 10 feet to the west where she laid her eggs. The nest was near an escarpment and below the

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Started with a bang!

Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:14 PM

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The sea turtle season on Holden Beach has finally started---and in a big way! Our riders have been up early everyday since May 1 looking for crawls made by the mother turtles. They've found only two "false crawls"----mom's coming ashore but not laying eggs---up until today! This morning our rider

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It Won't Be Long Now....

Posted: May 10, 2016, 6:50 PM

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Both Georgia and South Carolina have had their first turtle nests of the season. And, although our morning ATV riders haven't seen signs of any turtles on Holden Beach, a false crawl (tracks from the mother turtle but no nest) was found this morning on Onslow Beach at Camp Lejeune.

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Nesting Season is here!

Posted: April 28, 2016, 10:50 AM

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Remember it is turtle nesting season. The water temperatures at Holden Beach are going up, which hopefully means we’ll see momma turtles on our beach soon. Our riders will be starting their morning patrols early next week looking for marks in the sand (called crawls) left by mother turtles laying

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Shelves are full!

Posted: April 16, 2016, 1:51 PM

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The shelves at the Lighthouse Gift Shop on the causeway are stocked full of the 2016 Holden Beach Turtle Patrol's T-shirt! Be among the first to get one! Turtle Patrol members will be at Days at the Dock next Saturday April 23. They will have shirts at their booth. Stop

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Almost that time again!

Posted: March 17, 2016, 6:55 AM

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Turtle Patrol members are gearing up for another "turtle season." The 2016 edition of the "official" HBTP shirt is NOW AVAILABLE! (See photos! The design features blue baby turtles on a field of green). The shirts are available for purchase at Lighthouse Gifts on the causeway in Holden Beach or

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Final tally

Posted: October 17, 2015, 10:37 AM

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We had 5729 eggs laid on the beach 4950 hatchlings out and most to the water. We lost one nest completely to overwashed tides...that brought our hatch rate down to 88%....but that's still great! We will have more information soon from the DNA study--that will be able to tell us

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And then there were none.....

Posted: October 1, 2015, 9:33 AM

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The sea turtle season on Holden Beach is officially over with the closing of the last two turtle nests. Nests # 51 and #53 boiled earlier this week with 44 and 89 hatchlings. Those baby turtles timed it just right to get off the beach before the possible storm. Good

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Almost done for the year!

Posted: September 19, 2015, 3:10 PM

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There is only one nest left to be "collared" --that is nest #53 and it will be done this week. It's due date (day 55) is September 26. All of the other nests on the beach have either boiled, closed or adopted and the teams are watching them each evening.

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Winding Down for the Season!

Posted: September 9, 2015, 11:52 AM

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We have had a busy season with 53 nests, but it’s starting to wind down now. We have 12 nests left, and they are still going fast which has been good for everyone. The average first emergence on the beach this year has been 54 days compared to 62 days

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Footprints in the rain

Posted: August 28, 2015, 1:37 PM

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It's been raining for the past few days. Last evening the team closed a nest just as it was starting to rain and found one little hatchling. He/she made it into the water---through a couple puddles along the way---before thunder and lightening started. For safety reasons, the HBTP does not

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Nesting Season is Over

Posted: August 21, 2015, 12:21 PM

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It has been over two weeks since the last signs of a mother turtle on Holden Beach. Nest #53 was laid on August 2. There was a false crawl a couple days later. This two week period without a mother turtle sighting usually means the nesting season is over. But

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Morning Excitement

Posted: August 15, 2015, 12:15 PM

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People always ask: "do the turtles always hatch at night?" While that is normal, the baby turtles can come anytime they are ready. There was a bit of excitement on this beach about 7:50 this morning. Our rider found nest #21 "boiling". We really don't know how many left the

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Nesting slowing in August

Posted: August 6, 2015, 2:08 PM

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As expected, the number of new nests being laid is tapering off as the we move into August. However, there's still a lot of activity on the beach. Ten of our 53 nests have hatched with a total of 865 known hatchlings to the ocean. Two nests hatched or "boiled"

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Can't keep up!

Posted: July 29, 2015, 1:48 PM

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There is so much turtle activity on the beach we can't keep up with the counts! Last night nest # 7 closed with 16 babies into the ocean (see photos!) Nest # 5 closes tonight. Nest # 8 closes tomorrow. Nest #9 is collared. Nest # 10 will be collared

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High Season for Turtles

Posted: July 26, 2015, 3:54 PM

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The past few days have been very busy for Turtle Patrol members. It's hard to keep up with all the activities. Momma turtles are still laying nests that we find in the morning and baby turtles are hatching in the evenings. Wednesday was a very busy day for the turtles

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Nests are being "collared"

Posted: July 23, 2015, 7:55 AM

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If you're on Holden Beach in the evening you'll probably notice more Turtle Patrol members on the beach attending nests. We now have "collared" 8 nests....this means a large black landscape collar has been placed around the nest and a trench has been dug toward the ocean. If you see

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First Hatching of the Season

Posted: July 19, 2015, 8:44 AM

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Nest number 1 boiled last Friday evening (July 17) with 72 hatchlings getting to the ocean. Hatching season has officially begun! This was on day 58 after the mother laid the nest. The first nest of the season usually takes longer than most because it was laid in May when

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Turtle Nest Update as of July 11

Posted: July 11, 2015, 8:00 AM

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Now up to 35 nests on Holden Beach with 40 false crawls.

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Three More Nests !!!

Posted: July 5, 2015, 1:01 PM

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Guess the fireworks didn't scare all the mother turtles last night. We had 3 nests this morning and one false crawl. All three nests were moved to safer locations. The photos are of nest # 32 that was laid at 611 Ocean Blvd. W. You can see from the photo

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Have a Turtle Safe 4th of July

Posted: July 4, 2015, 2:21 PM

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It has been a busy holiday week for the sea turtles and the turtle patrol on Holden Beach. Saturday July 4 Nest #30 laid in the ICW inlet and 122 egg move and 3 false crawls. The rider reported a very windswept beach. Friday July 3 Nest #29 did not

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Nests almost every morning

Posted: June 29, 2015, 3:12 PM

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Our morning caller reports that we've had nests almost every morning this past week. We're up to 27 nests on Holden Beach this season. We've moved a total of 2866 eggs so far. The nesting season is still only about half over. There is a possibility that mother turtles will

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Please fill in holes you dig

Posted: June 23, 2015, 9:17 PM

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Visitors to our beach are always asking how can they help the turtles. One big thing you can do is fill in any holes you dig during the day before you leave the beach each evening. The major reason to do this is to remove all obstacles from the path

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Called Them!

Posted: June 21, 2015, 9:46 AM

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Busy Sunday morning (or Saturday night) for the momma turtles and the turtle patrol! The morning rider found three crawls this morning. Teams dug at 529 OBW and 543 OBW but could not find the eggs. This may have been the same mother, as the flipper width was 31" wide.

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Magic # 19

Posted: June 19, 2015, 1:34 PM

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We had Loggerhead nest #19 this morning. The team moved 133 eggs bringing the total known eggs for this year to 2047. What makes this nest special is that 19 was the total number of nests the entire season last year.....and we still have at least two more months when

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Saturday update June 13

Posted: June 13, 2015, 12:33 PM

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Wow! this was a busy week for the mother turtles and our turtle patrol. We're up to 14 nests! Six new nests this week and one false crawl. Over 150 people attended Turtle Talk on Wednesday. These photos are of nest #14 that was laid at the far west end

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Saturday update June 6

Posted: June 6, 2015, 12:39 PM

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The first Turtle Talk this year was this past Wednesday night. We had 93 people! If that's an indicator of how the year is going we strongly suggest people wanting to get into Turtle Talk come early (6:30) to get a seat. The team went out yesterday morning and couldn't

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Turtle Talk This Week!

Posted: June 1, 2015, 3:23 PM

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The first Turtle Talk of the 2015 season is this week--Wednesday June 3. It will be a the Holden Beach Town Hall @ 7 p.m. See you there! There has been some increased interest about our turtles because the teams have been out several mornings. We're now up to 6

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Nests # 2 and 3

Posted: May 25, 2015, 6:56 AM

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The mother turtles have been busy this weekend. Nest number two was found yesterday morning near a walkway. The nest was kept in its original location so the number of eggs are unknown. The momma's flipper width was 40". When the morning rider finds a "crawl" a team of volunteers

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First nest of the season!

Posted: May 20, 2015, 12:30 PM

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We knew it would be soon! Our morning rider found our first nest of the season today. The flipper length was 41" (that's a big turtle!). The team found and moved 139 eggs. This is right on "schedule" for Holden Beach. The last two years our first nest was on

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Activity on the Beach

Posted: May 19, 2015, 6:20 PM

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We've had some turtle activity on our beach, but so far, no nests. On May 6 the early morning patrol found two false crawls. This means the mother turtle came ashore but did not make a nest or lay the eggs. Tropical storm Ana came through right after that and

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It's almost Turtle Time!

Posted: April 11, 2015, 3:26 PM

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When the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol holds their annual meeting, we know it's almost time for the mother sea turtles to return to Holden Beach. The "official" beginning was the gathering of Turtle Patrol members on Saturday April 11, 2015. Officers elected for the year were Tony Marwitz (President), Nan

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The 2015 Turtle Shirt

Posted: March 22, 2015, 8:55 PM

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The secret is out. The design of the 2015 Holden Beach Turtle Patrol T-shirt is revealed! "The journey begins on Holden Beach" is the slogan along with a sea turtle hatchling on a blue shirt. The first batch of shirts are now available at the Lighthouse Gift Shop on the

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2015 Season Starting Soon

Posted: March 15, 2015, 8:03 AM

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The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol’s Annual Organizational Meeting will be Saturday April 11, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Holden Beach Town Hall. All members are encouraged to attend. New volunteers, trainees and guests are welcomed! Have you always wanted to join the Turtle Patrol on Holden Beach? This is

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End of year statistics

Posted: October 24, 2014, 5:10 PM

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2014: # 13 Turtle Talk Programs with 1554 people attending. # 7 Children's Turtle Times with 189 kids attending. # 19 nests and we moved 1410 eggs in 8 of them. # 1582 shells found at close out and a total of 1179 total baby turtles hatched. # our average

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Change of Plans...nest 19 CLOSED

Posted: October 21, 2014, 6:16 AM

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Update on nest 19. It was closed Monday evening October 20. The team found 9 babies to add to the 17 that went out last Friday. Due to the DNA study, we know that this momma had 4 other nests this summer. Two of the babies from Friday are at

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The last nest has hatched!

Posted: October 18, 2014, 8:12 AM

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It’s happened! Nest 19 had its first emergence Friday morning October 17 when 17 turtles popped out of the sand between 8:00 and 9:00 AM . The team will be at the nest every evening until next Wednesday, Oct 22 when they will close. It’s at 363 OBW. There were

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Sad day for Turtle Patrol

Posted: October 3, 2014, 2:05 PM

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We lost one of our own--Paulette Wade-passed away on October 2 after a long summer of fighting liver disease. She was unable to help with turtles this summer--but always asked how the patrol and the turtles were doing. Donations may be made in Paulette's name to the SECU Hospice of

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And then there was one (nest)!

Posted: October 1, 2014, 5:41 PM

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Nest 17 boiled last night after everyone had left. The team will close this nest on Friday. This leaves us with one nest on Holden Beach. Nest # 19. It was collared and set up last night. The adoption team will be watching this nest until it hatches. What we

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More from the state coordinator

Posted: September 11, 2014, 6:18 AM

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Matthew H. Godfrey, PhD , Biologist, NC Wildlife Resources Commission with the Sea Turtle Project said in a recent email... "The sea turtle nesting season in North Carolina officially ended on 31 August, but we might still get a few late nests (for instance, on Saturday, a green turtle nest

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Nesting down across the state

Posted: September 10, 2014, 9:17 PM

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We know the number of nests on Holden Beach is down this year (only 19 nests) and according to an article in the Sunday, September 7, 2014 Wilmington Star News ---- http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20140907/ARTICLES/140909759/0/search --- this is true across the whole state. The articles says: "The number of sea turtle nests along

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Two nests closed

Posted: September 1, 2014, 10:27 PM

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Nests #10 and #11 closed last night. It's interesting that they both were laid on June 30 and both got a depression on the same day (last Thursday) and both hatched that same night about 8:15 p.m. Both nests also had a great boil! The team from nest #10 found

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Turtles leave before the storm!

Posted: August 23, 2014, 4:40 PM

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Last night turtle nest #8 had a fast and furious boil just before a thunderstorm. There was a unique depression on this nest (see photo taken at 8 p.m.) and the team felt that there was movement and the nest would hatch soon. This was day #63. But there was

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Nest 7 closed but season isn't over..yet.

Posted: August 18, 2014, 5:41 PM

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According to our ever efficient and "super duper" morning scheduler, Maggie, turtle nest #7 closed out on Saturday night. Nest #8 is active and should have babies sometime this week. Nests 9, 10 and 11 will be "collared" tomorrow (August 19) and they should hatch within the next 12 days.

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Nest #19

Posted: August 10, 2014, 3:33 PM

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It's been a slow year for our turtle patrol....especially after last year's record 73 nests. But it isn't too late for a few more mother's to lay eggs. Nest #19 was found yesterday and members moved 34 eggs. That small number of eggs is typical for a late season nest.

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Three nests have closed already!

Posted: August 5, 2014, 5:43 AM

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Nests # 1,2 and 3 have all hatched! They were laid on May 20 (nest #1) and June 3 (both nests 2 and 3). So far we've had 335 hatchlings released into the ocean. There was another false crawl yesterday morning, perhaps she'll be back later this week---so we know

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Nest 3 hatches!

Posted: July 31, 2014, 11:37 AM

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Nest #3 boiled Tuesday night July 29th around 7:25 pm. The team had 74 healthy hatchlings down the trench and into the water by 7:50. Usually nests don't hatch when it's still daylight, but it was a cooler day and slightly cloudy, so everyone was treated to baby turtles in

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Saturday morning update!

Posted: July 26, 2014, 10:10 AM

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Two nests and a false crawl today. Closing nest #1 tonight, so far only small numbers of hatchlings seen from that nest. Vacationers reported seeing a momma turtle on the beach last night, they took photos and she turned around and left without laying her eggs. This is a called

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Finally some action!

Posted: July 23, 2014, 5:33 PM

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We've been waiting for nest #1 to hatch. It was laid on May 20 and the team has been watching it since July 9. Last night 2 hatchlings went into the ocean. There are 151 eggs unaccounted for in this nest. Nests 2 and 3 are being "collared" today and

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Busy Weekend

Posted: July 14, 2014, 5:29 AM

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This past weekend provided three new sea turtle nests on Holden Beach. The nest count is now 15 for the season. This ties the lowest nest count the patrol has ever had and we still have a month of nesting to go.

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Still at 12

Posted: July 7, 2014, 5:12 PM

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We still only have 12 nests on Holden Beach. According to the state biologist at the NC Wildlife Resources Commission this nesting season has been much slower than last year. To date, we are just under 300 nests for the year statewide. If the seasonal trend is similar to other

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Slow start to the season

Posted: July 1, 2014, 8:54 PM

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It's been a slow year for turtle nests on our beach. As of yesterday (June 30) we've only had 11 turtle nests. Last year at this time we had 35 nests on Holden Beach. We're hearing similar reports from across the state. After record breaking numbers last season, the numbers

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Wave Runner released!

Posted: June 5, 2014, 7:19 AM

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Great news! Wave Runner, the Kemp's Ridley turtle stranded with fishing line by the Holden Beach pier has been released from the hospital. See the complete story and photos of the stranding and release under the photos section of this website.

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Pick up your stuff!

Posted: June 1, 2014, 5:42 PM

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A friendly reminder to remove all your personal items from the beach. It is a regulation on Holden Beach that all items must be removed from the beach each day by 6 p.m. or when you are finished using them. While this looks like a neat pile and the tent

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Our first nest of the year!

Posted: May 20, 2014, 5:03 PM

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We're excited to announce our first nest of the year laid this morning (Tuesday May 20)! There were 157 Loggerhead eggs and it was relocated. We will begin watching the nest for hatchlings on or about July 9th. Note the yellow tape around the nest? This is our new "code".

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Nesting Season is Here!

Posted: May 10, 2014, 1:54 PM

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We just got word that the first turtle nest in NC for 2014 was laid yesterday (May 9) at Cape Lookout. It was a loggerhead nest. The water temperature at Holden Beach is going up (72 degrees) which hopefully means we'll see mommas on our beach soon. Morning riders have

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Stranding Team in Action!

Posted: April 30, 2014, 5:30 PM

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Thanks to members of our stranding team for their fast action in rescuing a Kemp's Ridley turtle that was caught in fishing line off the Holden Beach Pier. Also thanks to the fishermen who alerted the team and Stephen Venker for these photos. Other photos can be seen on the

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Days at the Docks

Posted: April 28, 2014, 1:03 PM

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Thanks to all the Turtle Patrol members who worked our booth at the Days at the Docks festival in Holden Beach this past weekend. Thanks too to everyone who stopped by to say hello, for information about our turtles and to buy one of this year's T-shirts. The 25th Anniversary

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T-Shirts are available by mail

Posted: March 24, 2014, 2:39 PM

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Several have asked. Even if you can't make it to Holden Beach this summer, you can own the 2014 25th Anniversary HBTP Shirt. The shirts are now available by mail. Send your name, address, shirt size and check (sorry, we can't do credit cards) to Holden Beach Turtle Patrol. PO

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2014 Annual Meeting

Posted: March 1, 2014, 5:09 PM

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Have you always wanted to join the Turtle Patrol on Holden Beach? For more information contact Skip Hager at hagers2@atmc.net. This is the time to learn more and sign up! The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol’s annual meeting will be Saturday March 29 at 10 a.m. at the Holden Beach Town

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25th Anniversary T-shirts

Posted: February 6, 2014, 1:42 PM

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The shelves at the Lighthouse Gift Shop on the Causeway in Holden Beach have been stocked! Check out or 2014 25th anniversary shirt. Yes, the Turtle Patrol has been helping sea turtle in Holden Beach since 1989. The shirts are $15 for children, $17 for adults small to XL and

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2014 T-shirts are available!

Posted: January 18, 2014, 7:13 AM

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The 2014, 25th Anniversary T-shirts are now at the Lighthouse Gift Shop on the causeway in Holden Beach. The T-shirt committee wanted a simple design, and decided on a kelly green shirt with tribal turtles printed in black. The small turtle and tracks on the front represent the hatchlings that

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Turtle Hospital News

Posted: December 30, 2013, 11:12 AM

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For those that have been following ..after a long delay....the Karen Beasley Turtle Hospital has moved to their new facility! Yeah! See the attached link to the Topsail Advertiser for complete details. http://www.topsailadvertiser.com/20-patients-recuperating-in-sea-turtle-sick-bay-1.255415?page=0 The green sea turtle talked about in the article is one of our rescues. ICie was found

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End of Season Report

Posted: December 12, 2013, 5:53 AM

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Our Coordinator Skip Hager reported to the turtle patrol members: "Ultimately we ended up with 73 nests, which tied our previous best year of 1998. In North Carolina we had a grand total of 1302 nests, with 1275 being Loggerheads, a new record for both. That equates to 134,646 eggs

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Season finally over.

Posted: December 4, 2013, 3:39 PM

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This record "turtle season" on Holden Beach ended on a sad note last Monday evening (December 2) when the final nest of the year was closed. This nest had been "watched" by our Assistant Coordinators since early October. Unfortunately there were no live babies found. The nest had 117 eggs

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One left!

Posted: November 18, 2013, 10:17 AM

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We're still watching the last nest on Holden Beach. Nest #71 closed yesterday with 8 hatchlings out of 46 eggs. Four babies made their way to the ocean. The other four are currently patients at the Karen Beasley Turtle Hospital in Topsail, NC. They are HB 1, HB 2, HB

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Down to Two Nests

Posted: November 1, 2013, 4:12 PM

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Yes, we are still watching two nests on Holden Beach. Yes, it is November. Yes, this is unusual...but it is not unheard of. We have had nests hatch in November other years---especially back in 1998 --the last time we had 73 nests in a season.The big concern with babies this

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Lots of nests statewide this year

Posted: October 22, 2013, 12:28 PM

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It's been a wild and crazy season for turtles up and down the North Carolina Coast. The latest report shows that the state has had 1296 nests this year (that's a new record). The last known nest was laid on Cape Hatteras on September 11. Total babies to hatch so

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Nest #69 closes tonight

Posted: October 20, 2013, 3:43 PM

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Turtle Patrol members watched nest #69 for 17 nights before seeing any "action". It boiled last Thursday with 54 babies. Members and vacationers saw 6 more babies last night....but we know...because the morning rider saw little "flipper prints" headed to the ocean on Friday morning...that means more babies have hatched.

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We still have active nests on the beach!

Posted: October 12, 2013, 8:26 AM

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Yes, we still have six active nests on Holden Beach. All of these nests were laid after August 1. The last nest was laid on August 22 and is located at 795 OBW. It was "collared" this past week. The "due date" is October 16...but these late season nest have

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And then there were eight

Posted: October 2, 2013, 11:02 AM

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Nest # 69 at 145 OBW was "collared" last night. The momma turtle laid this nest on August 12. It contains 113 eggs. Its projected due date is Sunday October 6. But, this time of year, when the sand starts to get colder it may take a little longer for

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Nine nests left!

Posted: September 26, 2013, 9:01 PM

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We have several nests closing tonight and tomorrow so we will be down to 9 nests on Holden Beach. So far this year we've helped over 6500 babies into the water. Turtle Patrol members are still on the beach each evening. It's been a great year for us.

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73 and holding on Holden

Posted: September 1, 2013, 11:27 AM

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The last known momma laid nest #72 on August 22---over a week-and-a-half ago. We usually consider the nesting season over when it's been 2 weeks since a mother has laid a nest. Some of us are hoping for "just one more" nest so we can beat the record of 73

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Record Tied

Posted: August 22, 2013, 4:52 PM

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A momma turtle laid nest # 72 this morning. And then we had a surprise nest hatch that was discovered by some vacationers. These two nests brings our total up to 73 nests. This matches our all-time record set in 1998 for the number of turtle nests found on Holden

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God Speed Holden 3

Posted: August 18, 2013, 9:20 AM

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This past Thursday was a great day for members of the stranding team from our turtle patrol. One of our own rescued turtles was released by the Karen Beasley Turtle Hospital back into the ocean. Holden III is an injured Green Sea Turtle that was found on Holden Beach last

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Busy day and night on the beach

Posted: August 12, 2013, 9:56 PM

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We're busy busy busy on the beach. One new nest this morning (bringing the total so far to 69--almost the record). Two nests closed this evening. More being collared this week! Photos are of turtles found in nest 14 as they walk to the ocean. Trainee Rob completed escorted two

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Thank you Lou Ann

Posted: August 11, 2013, 5:45 PM

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A special thank you to Lou Ann Keisler of Supply, NC for the beautiful pieced turtle wall hanging. She presented it to turtle patrol members on the beach last week. We can't decide which side we like best. Thank you for your support, we'll make good use of your work,

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Lots of activity on the beach

Posted: August 6, 2013, 9:24 PM

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So much has happened since the first nest hatched last week! We've had a total of seven nests "boil" so far. There are so many babies we can't keep the report accurate and up-to-date. We have many "active" nests on the beach. The momma turtles are still laying but they

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First nest "closed"

Posted: August 1, 2013, 11:29 PM

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A large crowd gathered to cheer "Sparkles', "Rosie", "Chubby" and their 30 siblings as they raced to the ocean when members of the Turtle Patrol "closed" the first nest of the season tonight. Look for more photos on the photo page of this website.

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We have babies......

Posted: July 30, 2013, 11:38 AM

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Yeah! a crowd of about 100 ---lots of vacationers and new HBTP trainees---got to see our first nest of the year hatch last night. We helped 57 babies into the ocean about 8:30 p.m. This was officially nest #2 on our beach this year..it was laid on May 28. We

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Almost record breaking year

Posted: July 28, 2013, 10:09 AM

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The ATV rider found two more nests on the beach this morning. This brings the total turtle nests on Holden Beach to 63 (so far). This is the second highest number in the HBTP's history. The most nests we've had was 73 in 1998. We estimate that we have a

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The Waiting Begins!

Posted: July 24, 2013, 4:03 PM

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Our first 3 nests have been "trenched" and the waiting begins. No baby turtle, yet. They are "expected" any day now. Look for and visit with Turtle Patrol members on the beach in the evening by these nests--look for the red shirts. Traditionally the first nests of the season take

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BUSY NESTING!

Posted: July 17, 2013, 2:01 PM

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Wow! those mother turtles have been busy. We had a total of 48 nests last year and already 50 this year! More than half of these nests (26) are "natural nests" . This means we did not need to move them. So far none of our nests have hatched. Don't

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False Crawls

Posted: July 11, 2013, 11:14 AM

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The turtle mamas have had a tough week. We've had 12 false crawls since last Tuesday (July 2) and only 3 new nests. The beach is very crowded, this may be why the mother turtles are abandoning their efforts to lay eggs. Please, do not bother a mother turtle if

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Beach Clean Up Sunday!

Posted: June 29, 2013, 12:28 PM

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One of the most important ways you can help the turtles is to have a clean beach. Help us keep our beach trash free! This Sunday June 30 there will be a Beach Clean up on Holden Beach. Meet at the Pavillion under the bridge at 9:30 a.m to get

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Children's Turtle Time starts this week!

Posted: June 23, 2013, 9:40 PM

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The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol announces a special program for younger turtle enthusiasts. It’s called “Children’s Turtle Time” and will be held Wednesdays June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 4 p.m. at the Holden Beach Town Hall. These programs will feature age appropriate crafts, stories and

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Turtle Bench Raffle

Posted: June 20, 2013, 7:24 AM

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Would you like to own this beautiful Sea Turtle Bench? Thanks to a donation from Candara Creations of Holden Beach we are raffling off this bench with all proceeds going to the HBTP. Tickets will be for sale at all Turtle Talks and Children's Turtle Times this summer. They are

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I found them!

Posted: June 15, 2013, 10:33 AM

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Mother turtles were busy last night. We had 4 nests on the beach this morning. Photos show volunteers finding the eggs at nest #16. This momma came in at high tide and left her eggs high and dry on the beach. This nest was not moved but marked and covered.

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Yes we have nests!

Posted: June 9, 2013, 5:32 PM

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The first nest for 2013 on Holden Beach was laid on May 28. That's later than the last two years---in 2012 our first nest was May 12 and in 2011 it was May 21. It is estimated that this nest will hatch and we'll see the first baby turtles on

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HB Turtle Patrol begins ATV crawl patrols.

Posted: May 3, 2013, 3:34 PM

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We started patrolling Holden Beach on May 1. A Holden Beach Turtle Patrol member patrols all eight miles of the beach each morning. All you early risers can be on the lookout for these dawn patrols. The water temperatures are still fairly low...so we don’t expect to see mothers laying

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First Florida Loggerheads!

Posted: April 23, 2013, 9:19 PM

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Matthew Godfrey, the coordinator for the Sea Turtle program here in North Carolina reported yesterday that loggerhead nesting in Florida for the 2013 season has begun with several new clutches laid in Melbourne Beach and Juno Beach. As yet, there haven't been any observed nests in Georgia or South Carolina,

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The 2013 HB Turtle Patrol T-Shirt and HAT!

Posted: April 1, 2013, 7:05 AM

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The 2013 shirt is now available for sale at the Lighthouse Gift Shop in Holden Beach. This year’s shirt features a mother loggerhead and the slogan “Coming Home to Holden Beach. “ In addition to the t-shirts, this year the HBTP will also be selling hats. The shirts are $15

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Attention potential volunteers!

Posted: February 21, 2013, 4:43 PM

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Have you always wanted to join the Turtle Patrol on Holden Beach? For more information contact Skip Hager at hagers2@atmc.net. This is the time to learn more and sign up! The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol’s annual meeting will be Saturday March 2 at 10 a.m. at the Holden Beach

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End of Season Report for 2012

Posted: December 19, 2012, 10:50 AM

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The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol is an active and dedicated group of folks. Members reported over 8535 volunteer hours for this past turtle season and donated 62,780 miles. If we had to put a dollar value on this it would be over $151,000! NC Wildlife reports that Holden Beach has

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When do the turtles hatch?

Posted: September 20, 2012, 11:41 AM

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That’s a frequent question Turtle Patrol members get while on the beach. The usual answer is we don’t really know (like human babies, they come when they are ready). But, traditionally the hatchlings emerge from the nest at night and usually just after dark. The sand cools when the sun

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Thank you Noah!

Posted: September 18, 2012, 11:57 AM

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Special thank you goes out to Noah Harrell from Christiansburg, VA. Noah and his family vacationed on Holden Beach earlier this summer and they came to our Turtle Talk program. Noah’s mother wrote prior to the visit that he has become absolutely amazed with sea turtles and conservation efforts. Noah

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MYSTERY NESTS!

Posted: August 31, 2012, 3:13 PM

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We haven’t spotted a new mother turtle on the beach for over 3 weeks, but we have two more nests. How does this happen? Tuesday night we had a surprise “boil” at what we’re now calling our 47th nest. Vacationers saw 35 babies to the water and after Turtle Patrol

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Innovative Surgery on Injured Sea Turtle

Posted: August 12, 2012, 11:29 AM

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Doctors at NC State University in Raleigh recently completed experimental surgery on a sea turtle. This sea turtle was found by an Holden Beach town employee on the west end of the island. He called the Turtle Patrol’s stranding team. Team members Pat Anderson and Sue Hoffacker took the turtle

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Nesting Continues!

Posted: August 5, 2012, 10:10 AM

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A team of volunteers was called out on August 4th for nest 46 for this year. The mother turtle came in on high tide and left on low tide—leaving an interesting crawl pattern in the sand. She spent some time crawling up the dune. The eggs were high and dry,

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NOW 50 % more nests than last year!

Posted: August 1, 2012, 10:36 PM

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It’s a good turtle season in North Carolina....As of July 31 we had 45 nests on Holden Beach. That’s 15 more than last year. We’re not the only beach that has more turtle nests this year. According to Matthew Godfrey from the Sea Turtle Project @ the NC Wildlife Resources

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SCOUT BAILEY WATTS Builds Table for HBTP

Posted: July 29, 2012, 1:34 PM

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During the 2011 turtle season. Bailey Watts a local Boy Scout contacted the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol to see if he could help us for his Eagle Scout Project. He joined the HBTP on several nests last season and under the supervision of an Assistant Coordinator, he helped carry equipment,

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One more Children’s Turtle Time—Wednesday August 1.

Posted: July 27, 2012, 7:28 PM

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We’ve had a great turn out for the first 3 programs! Lots of kids and parents that are interested in turtles. This program features age appropriate crafts, stories and activities for children ages 3 to 6 years old. The are divided into two groups: ages 3 & 4 and 5

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Nest ONE boils!

Posted: July 21, 2012, 8:55 AM

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Finally, and without anyone watching (of course!) nest #1 boiled Wednesday night July 18. Vacationers missed the boil, also, but followed the tracks down the trench and watched for washbacks (babies being washed onto the beach by the waves).......none! Excellent turtles! There were 131 eggs in this nest, but we

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NEW this year! CHILDREN'S Turtle TIME!

Posted: July 7, 2012, 10:29 PM

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It’s called The first “Children’s Turtle Time” and will be held this Wednesday July 11 at 4 p.m. at the Holden Beach Town Hall. This program is for younger turtle enthusiasts. This program will feature age appropriate crafts, stories and activities for children ages 3 to 6 years old. The

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Celebrate July 4th with Turtle Talk!

Posted: July 1, 2012, 6:22 PM

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4th of July week will be busy time for Turtle Patrol. Yes, there will be Turtle Talk as scheduled on Wednesday July 4. We will start at 7 p.m. and promise to be done be 8 p.m. so there will still be time to see the official firework displays. Please

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ALREADY MORE NESTS THAN LAST YEAR!

Posted: June 27, 2012, 7:52 AM

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It’s already been a busy turtle season! We reached 31 nests this morning! One more than our total count of last year. Very busy mama turtles. We’re also been very crowded at Turtle Talk on Wednesday evenings. We’ve had “Standing Room Only” and will soon be needing to turn people

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AMAZING FALSE CRAWL on June 13

Posted: June 16, 2012, 12:53 PM

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Decisions, decisions!!! Even Sea Turtle Women sometimes can't decide!! This "lady" just couldn't make up her mind on Wednesday morning. She wanted that space and someone had already taken it so she looked further, and further, and further. After a very long "road trip" through and around and around the

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WESTI released to the Sea! June 6th.

Posted: June 7, 2012, 2:04 PM

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Westi, a loggerhead sea turtle, was released back into the ocean on Wednesday, June 6th. Rescued by the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol Stranding Team last June (2011), Westi spent the summer, winter and spring at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail. Members of the HB Turtle Patrol were

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TURTLE TALK STARTS Wed June 6th

Posted: June 5, 2012, 1:15 PM

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The first Turtle Talk of the summer will be this Wednesday June 6th. Turtle Talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holden Beach Town Hall, 110 Rothschild Street on Holden Beach. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. This free weekly educational program will conducted each

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FALSE CRAWLS

Posted: May 31, 2012, 9:42 AM

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So far this year we have had 23 false crawls. A FALSE CRAWL is when the mother turtle crawls up on the beach but does not lay any eggs? Why? Perhaps she was frightened away by a loud noise, people on the beach or a light. Perhaps she ran into

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NOW 9 Nests!

Posted: May 25, 2012, 7:29 PM

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Been a pretty eventful week, since the last report, just 5 days ago, we have had 6 new nests and 10 more false crawls. This brings us to a total of 9 nests so far this year. All have needed to be moved except nest #7—we call it a natural

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More Nests on Holden Beach!

Posted: May 20, 2012, 11:03 AM

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It's been a busy week! We now have 3 turtle nests on Holden Beach! There are a total of 26 nests statewide, most of the activity has been in our area with 15 of these nests from Caswell Beach to the South Carolina border.

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FIRST NEST of 2012!

Posted: May 13, 2012, 9:26 AM

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Welcome to the 2012 Turtle season! Saturday (May 12) marked the arrival the first nesting mother turtle on Holden Beach. The early morning Turtle Patrol ATV riders had a double treat with the first nest and being able to see the mom leaving the nest, rare to catch a turtle

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The 2012 T-Shirt is in!

Posted: May 3, 2012, 6:03 PM

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The 2012 “official shirt” Holden Beach Turtle patrol T-Shirt is now available. Be among the first to own one. The shirt is blue and is called “Born to Swim”. It features the artwork of Florida artist Paul Brent showing several baby turtles on their first swim. Brent is often referred

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STILL TIME TO SIGN UP!

Posted: April 15, 2012, 4:06 PM

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The Holden Beach Turtle Patrol held their annual meeting on Saturday April 14th. We welcome the new trainees who got their feet wet at the meeting. There is still time to volunteer for this years patrol. Contact our Project coordinator Skip Hager at hagers2@atmc.net. Congratulations to Tony, Dave & Joe

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How To Volunteer for 2012 Season!

Posted: March 8, 2012, 9:11 AM

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Interested in working with the Hold Beach Turtle Patrol in 2012? Please contact Skip Hagger at hagers2@atmc.net for instructions and to set up training. The annual business meeting of the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol ( HBTP ) will be held in the meeting room of Holden Beach Town Hall on

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2011 Final Turtle Count

Posted: October 26, 2011, 7:54 AM

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We had a total of 30 turtle nests on Holden Beach this summer. All were loggerhead turtle nests. We had a total of 3422 eggs laid and 2372 turtle hatchlings released. The number of total turtles released (70%) may seem low. This can be attributed to 5 nests this year

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Nest 30 Photos

Posted: October 8, 2011, 9:59 AM

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Here is the crowd at the closing of the last nest for 2011 on October 4th.

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Early October Update - last three nests.

Posted: October 3, 2011, 9:18 AM

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It’s getting colder on the beach. Nest 28 was finally closed on the evening of the 24th with a total of 16 hatchlings released. This was a very hard luck nest that tried to the end to produce a good hatch. Washed over, washed out, baked in the sun, and

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Nest 28 Stirs

Posted: September 12, 2011, 12:58 PM

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Good news. Nest #28 had one turtle boil on Saturday night. This nest has had a difficult time due to the storm and high water so one is a good sign. Hopefully more to come.

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Last three nests.

Posted: September 7, 2011, 7:32 PM

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The turtle season on Holden Beach is drawing to a close. We are down to our last 3 nests. Nests 25, 26 & 27 were opened on Monday night (9/5) to protect any hatchlings from another over wash. Sadly, nest 25 ultimately was victim to Irene. The nest was full

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We get fan mail!

Posted: September 4, 2011, 2:03 PM

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Earlier this year we got a letter from a young friend in Sumter, SC. Dear Turtle Watch Program, I love what y’all do. I absolutely love animals too. I always thought your jobs are so cool. You once let me hold a turtle egg while on the beach. I am

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The Year of the Turtle

Posted: September 4, 2011, 2:01 PM

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Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) has declared 2011 as the year of the turtle. They’re celebrating all turtles, not just sea turtles. The September 2011 Year of the Turtle Newsletter and Calendar is now ready and can be found on line at http://parcplace.org/images/stories/YOT/YearoftheTurtleCalendarSeptember.pdf This month’s issue features a

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Post Hurricane Irene

Posted: August 28, 2011, 2:17 PM

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Good news! We still have seven nests on Holden Beach. More good news, nest # 24 boiled Saturday night after the storm. Over 12 inches of extra sand was deposited on top of this nest. The grate, markers and sign from nest #28 (a natural nest) were lost in the

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Hurricane Irene Update August 27, 2011

Posted: August 27, 2011, 9:50 AM

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People have been asking about the turtles on the beach and the storm. Unfortunately there is not much we can do during the storm to prevent water getting into the nests and/or large waves and winds washing them away. We can hope. The turtle patrol is off the beach Friday

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August 24th Update

Posted: August 24, 2011, 10:19 PM

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We’re anxiously and cautiously waiting to see what happens with Hurricane Irene. Nest # 20 “boiled” last night (August 23) so it will be “closed out” before the hurricane gets here. We’ve “closed out” 20 nests so far this year with approximately 1968 baby turtles into the water. Sadly we’ve

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Approaching the End Of Laying Season

Posted: August 17, 2011, 11:16 AM

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We are now up to 30 Loggerhead nests on Holden Beach this year (one more than last year). The last nest was found on August 6. That’s late in the season for a momma. If we go two weeks after that date (August 20) we’ll consider the nesting season officially

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First Holden Beach Nest Hatches!

Posted: July 21, 2011, 3:59 PM

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Finally we have baby turtles! Eighty-seven baby loggerheads emerged last night under the watchful eyes of Turtle Patrol members and a large crowd of vacationers. A few more hatchlings “snuck” out during the night after the patrol members went home. Nest #1 was laid on May 20th and was a

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July 5 2011 Update

Posted: July 5, 2011, 2:01 PM

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June was a busy month for the Turtle Patrol. For 9 days early in the month we had at least one nest everyday. On June 16 and again on June 29 we had three nests each morning! This brings our total to 23 nests for the season. This is slightly

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June 10th 2011 Unusual Eggs

Posted: July 5, 2011, 1:57 PM

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On June 10 we had a loggerhead nest with a big surprise. Some very unusual eggs more than twice the length of regular eggs. There were 3 elongated eggs up to 5" in length. One of these large eggs was broken and had 5 yokes. This is nest #10 for

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June 4, 2010 Update

Posted: June 25, 2011, 2:16 PM

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Turtle Talk, the Holden Beach Turtle Watch educational program kicked off this week with an audience of 72 turtle fans. This great beginning saw lots of new red shirted volunteers assisting the experienced team members. Project coordinator, Skip Hager reported that there are lots of jelly fish and Man-of-War (which

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2011 T-Shirts

Posted: June 25, 2011, 2:15 PM

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The Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program is an all volunteer organization that is funded only by the sale of T-shirts available at the educational program, the Light House Gift Shop and through Donations by interested people like you. We would like to give a special thanks to the Light House

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May 21, 2010

Posted: June 25, 2011, 2:09 PM

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We have been working since April getting everything ready for the turtles and they are now here. Our first mother, a Loggerhead came in on May 20th. The number of eggs is unknown since the nest did not need to be moved so we will be expecting babies anytime from

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September 30, 2010

Posted: June 25, 2011, 2:08 PM

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Well our last nest has hatched and the busy part of our year is over. That doesn't mean that we are sitting back doing nothing. It is now time to review the season and make changes and adjustments to our program, design next years shirt and repair our equipment. All

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September 7, 2010

Posted: June 25, 2011, 2:08 PM

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Well things are winding down. Nest 14 had 89 babies,15 had 128, 17 had 117, 18 had 140, 19 had 91, nest 20 had 115 babies. Nest 21 hatched and had 97, nest 22 had 145,nest 23 had 122 babies hatch. Our Green Turtle nest, nest #24 hatched with 72

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August 20, 2010

Posted: June 25, 2011, 2:07 PM

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Well it is August 20th and turtles have been popping out all over. Nest 8 was closed out with 118 babies to the water, nest 9 had 126 babies, nest #10 had 75 , nest #11 had 106, #12 had 110 and #13 had 116 go to the water. We

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August 12, 2010

Posted: June 25, 2011, 2:06 PM

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Well our Leatherback nest (nest 2) has hatched and been closed out. We had 59 babies get to the water out of 69 eggs which is a good hatch rate for a Leatherback nest.Nest 3 was closed out with 102 babies making it to the water. Nest 4 - 7

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July 27, 2010

Posted: June 25, 2011, 2:06 PM

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Mothers are still coming in to lay and we had nest 30 last night. The nests have started to hatch and we have around 325 turtles to the water from nests 1,3 and 4. Nest #1 and 3 were closed out last night. Nest #4 has boiled and will be

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Kate's Lemonade Stand (July 21, 2010)

Posted: June 25, 2011, 1:53 PM

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We would like to send a special thanks to a young girl named Kate who come to Turtle talk to find out about the turtles. She was so touched that she decided that she needed to do something to help them. She went home to Vienna, Virginia and decided to

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June 22 , 2010

Posted: June 25, 2011, 1:51 PM

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We had a turtle lay a nest last night which is nothing new but the way that it crawled and its flipper size lead us to believe that it was a Green Sea Turtle. If in fact it was a Green then it would be the first in over 10

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June 19 , 2010

Posted: June 25, 2011, 1:51 PM

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We had a live stranding today of a live adult female Loggerhead. Someone at Windy Point saw her in the water and went to the end of their pier to get a better look and saw that she had been hit by a boat, He called the stranding number and

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June 2, 2010 Update

Posted: June 25, 2011, 1:50 PM

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In the 21 year history of the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol we had a Leatherback Turtle come on our beach and lay a nest! She was over 6 feet from flipper to flipper and estimated to be over 900 pounds! She layed 70 eggs with about 30 decoy eggs which

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2006/2007 Kayak

Posted: May 7, 2007, 7:31 PM

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A loggerhead sea turtle had been seen struggling off Holden Beach for several days. Turtle Patrol stranding team members were keeping a watchful eye on her and had swam out several times to try to get her to shore but she was still strong enough to dive and swim away.

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Conjoined Turtle

Posted: July 29, 0208, 3:27 PM

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July, 2008 Members of the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol found a unique baby among the hatchlings in the first nest that hatched on our beach in July. One of the babies that emerged during the "boil" was a conjoined (or Siamese twin) turtle. It had one shell but two heads.

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