Summer 2003 Update

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Summer 2003

This is the latest news about loggerheads on Kiawah Island.

 

8/11/03 - Now there are 225 nests on the beach.  This is 45 nests ahead of where we were this time last year, but is 31 less than our record year in 1999. 

7/30/03 - Now there are 221 nests on the beach.  This is 42 nests ahead of where we were this time last year, but is 28 less than our record year in 1999. 

7/24/03 - Kiawah has 213 nests on the beach now.  This is roughly 35 nests ahead of where we were this time last year, but is now below our record year in 1999. 

7/19/03 - The first Zone 5 nest finally hatches!  The babies in Nest #5 finally decided to make themselves known.

7/13/03 - The first nest finally hatches!  YEA!  Jack Hamilton, our Turtle Patrol head honcho, says that the nests are slow to hatch this year, likely due to the cool temperatures and rain that we experienced early in the nesting period. Nest #1 did not hatch until the 72nd day, nearly two weeks later than "normal".  But now the early nests should start. Let the hatching begin!

6/23/03 - The first hatching patrols began this morning.  The first nest reaches the 50 day mark this Saturday, so it is time to start watching for baby turtle tracks!

5/11/03 - Zone 5 gets it's first nest.

5/4/03 - It's official! Those loggerhead ladies started laying their nests early for the 2003 season. For the past few years Mother's Day weekend has been the date of the first nest, so this is roughly a week early. We hope that means this will be a banner year for nests. 

4/29/03 - Nesting patrol begins this weekend on Kiawah.  Keep a lookout for mama loggerheads if you are out strolling on the beach late at night!

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