Up until yesterday there were zero yes zero nests in Kitty Hawk or in Kill Devil Hills. Mother turtles seemed to purposely skirt these towns when traveling from Nags Head to Corolla. Rumors abounded as to why. The most popular was that the great white sharks tracked off the OBX by OCEARCH were the culprits.(note that great whites are often found off shore of OBX but now that some are fitted with well publicized tracking devices we know they are there!)  But ATV driver, Lucky Lynn P, helped break the curse and found the second nest in Kitty Hawk this morning.

ATV rider Lynn P with her third nest of the season! Perhaps her luck comes from the cool ATV donated to NEST by the Outer Banks Community Foundation!

Lovely nest 19

Cathy and Kyle found eggs on the first try and very much impressed onlookers!

Ace nesting responders Cathy and Kyle D were at the nest site by 6:15 am and found the eggs right away.  Locating the egg chamber is not always such an easy task.

Eggs with temperature datalogger already installed. The green cord goes from the datalogger to a rebar about 2 feet away.

Once the team took measurements, installed the datalogger, and collected DNA, they roped off the nest. The nest will be checked on each day until the hatchlings emerge.

Update:

Nesters Bob and Lynn took some cool photos at Nest 19 from near the time of emergence to excavation.  In some instances an infrared camera was used to prevent hatchlings from getting distracted by lighting.

Volunteers surveying the nest site. Taken with infrared camera by Bob McCormick

Volunteer getting more cool garden edging out of the bucket. This is the first year the south end has used the popular and labor saving edging. Try to get over that little hatchling! Photo by Bob McCormick

The Nest 19 team at work with parent Jan M using her concrete placer tool to smooth out the runway. Photo by Bob McCormick

The boil taken with an infrared camera

The team excavating the nest. Photo by Bob McCormick

The team found 17 live hatchlings still in the nest. Photo by Lynn Patterson

All in all a very successful nest under the tutelage of nest parent Jan M. Thank you Team 19!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nest number: 19
  • town: Kitty Hawk
  • date eggs laid: 07/16/2020
  • actual emergence date: 9/3/2020
  • live hatchlings: 123
  • total eggs: 135

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