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Summer 2014

This is the latest news about sea turtle nests on Kiawah Island.

September 3, 2014 ~ It seems that the final number for this nests this season on Kiawah is 125. Here is a great article about the coyote problem with our turtles. Please click here to read it.

August 15, 2014 ~ Looks like our nesting mamas are not quite finished. Two new nests on August 14th, bringing Kiawah to 123 nests!

August 8, 2014 ~ Kiawah has 118 nests as of today.

August 5, 2014 ~ There are 117 nests on Kiawah's beach.

July 31, 2014 ~ There are 116 nests on Kiawah's beach.

July 28, 2014 ~ Kiawah has 112 nests on the beach. Now FOUR nests have been COMPLETELY destroyed by coyotes.

July 23, 2014 ~ As of today there are 105 nests on Kiawah's beach!

July 22, 2014 ~ There are 104 nests on Kiawah's beach now!

July 15, 2014 ~ Ladies and gentlemen, WE HAVE A HATCH! Also, as of today we have 90 nests on Kiawah's beach.

July 14, 2014 ~ As of today there are 87 nests on Kiawah's beach.

July 9, 2014 ~ There are now 82 nests on Kiawah's beach.

July 6, 2014 ~ Kiawah has 78 nests as of today. Two nests have been COMPLETELY destroyed by coyotes. Several nests have also been predated by coyotes, both before AND after they were laid. Apparently the coyotes have figured out how to identify the nests, even AFTER the initial nesting. It's a distressing time for sea turtles on Kiawah. All nests in Zone 3 and in Zone 4 have been screened for the remainder of the summer. Hopefully that will cut down on post-nesting predation from the coyotes. Sadly there is no way to prevent the coyotes from locating nests BEFORE turtle patrol has a chance to screen them. That is a real problem, and is by far responsible for the largest nest/egg loss.

June 30, 2014 ~ Kiawah has 68 nests as of today. Several nests have been predated by coyotes, but they have wrecked a couple that were previously laid. Apparently they have figured out how to identify the nests, even AFTER the initial nesting. It's a sad day for sea turtles on Kiawah. All nests in Zone 3 and in Zone 4 have been screened for the remainder of the summer. Hopefully that will cut down on post-nesting predation from the coyotes. Sadly there is no way to prevent the coyotes from locating nests BEFORE turtle patrol has a chance to screen them. That is a real problem, and is by far responsible for the largest nest/egg loss.

June 26, 2014 ~ There are 63 nests on Kiawah's beach.

June 25, 2014 ~ We have 61 nests on Kiawah's beach. Not only have several nests have been predated by coyotes, but they have wrecked a couple that were previously laid. Apparently they have figured out how to identify the nests, even AFTER the initial nesting. It's a sad day for sea turtles on Kiawah. All nests in Zone 3 and in Zone 4 will be screened for the remainder of the summer. Hopefully that will cut down on predation from the coyotes.

June 21, 2014 ~ There are now 58 nests on Kiawah's beach. Several nests have been predated by coyotes.

June 18, 2014 ~ We now have 51 nests on Kiawah's beach.

June 16, 2014 ~ There are 46 nests on Kiawah as of today. Nine nests have been badly predated by coyotes, resulting in the loss of hundreds of eggs. One nest was totally destroyed.

June 12, 2014 ~ Kiawah's beach currently has 37 nests.

June 9, 2014 ~ We now have 34 nests on Kiawah's beach.

June 5, 2014 ~ There are 23 nests currently on Kiawah's beach.

June 3, 2014 - There are 22 nests currently on Kiawah's beach.

June 1, 2014 - Kiawah's beach has 18 nests now. FOUR nests have been badly predated by coyotes, resulting in the loss of dozens of eggs. One nest was totally destroyed.

May 29, 2014 - There are nine nests on Kiawah's beach. Sadly, one was badly predated by coyotes, resulting in the loss of dozens of eggs.

May 25, 2014 - Kiawah's beach has five nests now...

May 19, 2014 - Nest #2 is now on Kiawah's beach!

May 17, 2014 - The first nest on Kiawah was laid last night! Let the games begin! The first nest was laid on May 12th last year.

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