Volunteers / Training

N.E.S.T Volunteers

Sea turtles are one of the Earth’s most ancient creatures. The seven species that live today have been around for 110 million years, since the time of the dinosaurs. Five species – Loggerhead, Kemp’s Ridley, Green, Hawksbill, and Leatherback – can be found along the coast of North Carolina. Now the very survival of all sea turtles is either threatened or critically endangered due to among other things, entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and illegal trade, coastal development, marine debris, global warming, and ocean pollution.

In order to combat these threats N.E.S.T. needs your help on the Outer Banks in protecting sea turtle nests and hatchlings, rescuing injured sea turtles and reaching out to the public about the challenges to sea turtle survival.

Join One of Our Turtle Teams

  • Nesting Response Team
  • ATV Crawl Patrol Team
  • Nest Sitting Team
  • Cold Stun Stranding Response
  • Rehabilitation Team
  • Education Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Board of Directors

Training is mandatory for all active NEST volunteers. Because sea turtles are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), anyone handling a sea turtle or sea turtle eggs must have an ESA permit. You can get a permit once you attend training classes.

Training is available during certain times of the year in:

  1. Nest identification and verification
  2. Nest sitting
  3. Turtle stranding and rescue
  4. Turtle rehabilitation
  5. ATV beach nest patrol
  6. Marine mammals

Go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/OuterBanks/EventRegistration.aspx to sign up for training. Once you become a volunteer you will receive regular emails about training opportunities and N.E.S.T. activities.

Winter 2018 Marine Mammal Training Schedule

  • Volunteer Orientation – for new volunteers interested helping with the Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network (OBX MMSN). We will discuss the various species which strand in NC and the response efforts by the stranding network. Volunteers only need to take orientation at least once so returning volunteers do not need to attend unless they would like refresher.
  • Seal Monitoring 101 – This training is for new volunteers who wish to help the MMSN Network to protect and educate the public about seals. Learn about what seals are on our beaches, when and why they visit, and how to fill out a seal sighting report. Please note this training is for new volunteers or volunteers who don’t have as much experience with seals and want a review of the entire health assessment process and form. 
  • Seal Monitoring 201 – This will be a review training for experienced volunteers in which we will briefly go over the seal sighting form, as well as discuss setting up perimeters and where you can obtain seal monitoring supplies. How do you know if your experienced enough to just take 201? Let’s say if you have completed 3 or more seal sighting forms and you are comfortable with what all the fields on the form means. Experienced volunteers only need to attend Seal Monitoring 201 and do not need to attend Seal Monitoring 101.
  • Marine Mammal Stranding Response – This training is for volunteers to learn how to respond to live strandings of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). New volunteers should also attend the Marine Mammal Volunteer Orientation class taught before this one.

 

To register for any of the marine mammal trainings, click here or call 252-453-0221 ex1.

December 14th in Corolla at Wildlife Center 

  • 8:30AM MMSN Volunteer Orientation – 0.5hr
  • 9AM Seal Monitoring 101 – 1.25hrs
  • 10AM Seal Monitoring 201 – 1hr
  • 11AM Marine Mammal Stranding Response – 1.25hrs

To register, click here or call 252-453-0221 ex. 1.

December 18th in Kill Devils Hills at the Library

  • 1PM MMSN Volunteer Orientation – 0.5hr
  • 1:30PM Seal Monitoring 101 – 1.25hrs
  • 2:30PM Seal Monitoring 201 – 1hr
  • 3:30PM Marine Mammal Stranding Response – 1.25hrs

To register, click here or call 252-453-0221 ex. 1.

December 19th in Kill Devils Hills at the Library

  • 5:30PM MMSN Volunteer Orientation – 0.5hr
  • 6PM Seal Monitoring 101 – 1.25hrs
  • 7PM Seal Monitoring 201 – 1hr
  • 8PM Marine Mammal Stranding Response – 1.25hrs

To register, click here or call 252-453-0221 ex. 1.

January 5th in Kill Devil Hills at  at the Library

  • 8:30AM MMSN Volunteer Orientation – 0.5hr
  • 9AM Seal Monitoring 101 – 1.25hrs
  • 10AM Seal Monitoring 201 – 1hr
  • 11AM Marine Mammal Stranding Response – 1.25hrs

To register, click here or call 252-453-0221 ex. 1.

January 10th in Corolla at Wildlife Center 

  • 8:30AM MMSN Volunteer Orientation – 0.5hr
  • 9AM Seal Monitoring 101 – 1.25hrs
  • 10AM Seal Monitoring 201 – 1hr
  • 11AM Marine Mammal Stranding Response – 1.25hrs

To register, click here or call 252-453-0221 ex. 1.

January 15th in Corolla at Wildlife Center

  • 5:30PM MMSN Volunteer Orientation – 0.5hr
  • 6PM Seal Monitoring 101 – 1.25hrs
  • 7PM Seal Monitoring 201 – 1hr
  • 8PM Marine Mammal Stranding Response – 1.25hrs

To register, click here or call 252-453-0221 ex. 1.

February 12th in Kill Devils Hills at the Library

  • 8:30AM MMSN Volunteer Orientation – 0.5hr
  • 9AM Seal Monitoring 101 – 1.25hrs
  • 10AM Seal Monitoring 201 – 1hr
  • 11AM Marine Mammal Stranding Response – 1.25hrs

To register, click here or call 252-453-0221 ex. 1.