Season’s first turtle nest moved from beach construction zone

By on May 24, 2019

Volunteers relocate the eggs. (N.E.S.T.)

Alerted by a visitor from Florida, volunteers quickly found the season’s first sea turtle nest and moved it out of Nags Head’s beach renourishment zone.

The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles said the first nest, which was laid by a loggerhead on Wednesday, was earlier than usual.

N.E.S.T. volunteers moved 120 eggs and will begin monitoring the site for activity July 16.

“Mike Bordell from Ft. Myers Florida called the N.E.S.T. hotline in the morning and stood guard over the eggs until NEST volunteers arrived,” the organization posted on its website.

This is the third year N.E.S.T. is using bluetooth temperature data loggers, which help with estimates on hatching dates and the ratio of male to female hatchlings.

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