“Today’s Children are Wildlife’s Future for Tomorrow”


vlcsnap-2012-09-25-21h26m15s161The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization will provide, through appropriate management activities and education, a safe and protected environment for all sea turtles that frequent the island of Ocean Isle Beach.


Striving for a suitable habitat for sea turtles, people, the   ecosystem of Ocean Isle Beach and the surrounding waters.

 The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization is an independent division of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc.

Jim and Deb Boyce, Island Coordinators are licensed by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, and Assistant Island Coordinator Deb Allen work with a team of approximately 50 volunteer Field Scientists in a year-round effort to protect sea turtles. Volunteers are trained to be Field Scientists and are especially active between May and late September, when female sea turtles dig their nests and lay their eggs. In addition to identifying and marking nests on Ocean Isle Beach, we also protect hatchlings from predators, transport sick and injured sea turtles to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Topsail Island, and educate the public about these amazing creatures.


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  1. dboyce says:

    Nesting season is typically between May thru August with hatching lasting until the last nest is closed out. OIB is beautiful anytime of the year but unfortunately, you will be visiting way too early for turtle nesting season. Visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina (on the island of OIB). They have an excellent exhibit about Loggerhead Sea Turtles (not live). It is a natural history museum with a live touch tank and many “hand’s on” exhibits.

  2. Kelly says:

    I am getting married at Ocean Isle Beach in early April and I wanted to see when turtle hatching season occurred. We were planning to put lights out on the porches but we do not want to do this if hatching season is occurring.
    Thank you,
    Kelly Anderson

    • dboyce says:

      Kelly; Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Thank you so much for asking if lighting would be a problem for nesting sea turtles/hatchlings for your wedding. Nesting season begins in May and we typically do not get our first nest here at OIB until mid to late May so porch lighting for your April wedding will not be a problem at all. We certainly appreciate your concern, thank you!
      Deb & Jim Boyce
      Island Coordinators – OIBSTPO

  3. Jennifer Visconti says:

    we will be visiting Aug 6-13, will the hatching season still be occurring? We have a 7 year old daughter that would love to see it.

    • dboyce says:

      It should be. Be sure to check our website – 2016 Nests. As they are laid, we will list the address and Laid. When they go into the hatching time period, we will mark watching; when we actually see signs of hatching, we will mark Active. When you see the Watching / Active stage listed, that will be your best bet to see hatchlings.

  4. Maria says:

    Wondering if any turtles have laid eggs yet , and when do turtles come ? Evening or morning to do so

    • dboyce says:

      Sorry to report, that Ocean Isle Beach has not had a nest laid YET. Typically they come in after dark – could be anytime of the night.

  5. michelle says:

    Was wondering where I can get one of the red or green lights (flashlight )that I have I seen people use on the beach around the turtle nest? We are coming down next week and would love to have one to use while walking the beach.

  6. Nancy Drewno says:

    Hi! I am wondering when would be our best chance of seeing a hatching occur? We are planning our vacation dates now, and very much hope to see a hatching. Thank you!

  7. Maureen Convery says:

    A few questions:

    If I come there the 1st week in August am I likely to see a hatching?
    When were the nests that have been laid, laid?
    Is there a place I should stay that is closer to where the nests are?
    Do you do night time walks?


    • dboyce says:

      Very possible. Our website lists the nests & locations. When you see the status in either the “watching” or “active” stage, that is when you are most likely to see hatchings Not really, our nests can be located anywhere on the oceanside of the island.
      We do a turtle talk every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the OIB Community Center located at 44 E. 1st. Street.

  8. Lisa wilson says:

    Are any nests close to hatching today?

    • dboyce says:

      Sorry, just saw your post tonight. Nest #1 is the only one that could hatch in the next few days. It is located at 280 E. 1st St.. Take the Chadburn St. Beach Access. Once on the beach, turn right and walk about 6 houses or so. Our volunteers sitting at the nest now.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for all your info. We have 2 more days in the area and would love to know if we can just come to the address of the nest currently listed as watching and if so how do we go about it. Many thanks!

    • dboyce says:

      Elizabeth; you are certainly welcome to go to the nest. It is located at 280 E. 1st St.. Take the Chadburn St. Beach Access. Once on the beach, turn right and walk about 6 houses or so. Our volunteers sitting at the nest now.

  10. gloria combs says:

    did they hatch yet?

  11. kim says:

    I noticed that nest #5 has a ramp type for the babies to head toward the water, does this mean it will be soon?

    • dboyce says:

      Kim; These “ramps” are put at the nests on day 45. The Nests will be looked at periodically throughout the days until signs of activity are spotted. If nothing is spotted before Day 55, the nest parents will begin to sit nightly until the nests hatch out. Keep watch on our website to see when nests move from “Laid” to “Watching or Active”.

  12. Rebecca Diggins says:

    is there any place to see what the dates are that the nest was laid.

  13. DORICE ISAAC says:

    Hi. I will be in Ocean Isle Beach tomorrow through Monday. I am wondering if there is a chance to see any sea turtles? If so, I would love to know when and where?

    • dboyce says:

      Check our website, 2016 nests, and any that are listed as Watching or Active would be where you have the best chance of seeing hatchlings.

  14. Amy says:

    Can we see turtles anytime soon? I saw that some were active!

  15. Jess swafford says:

    We will be in town 7/30-8/6 our girls would be ecstatic to see something as magnificent as a turtle nest hatching. Is it possible to see them? Are any hatching?

  16. Celia says:

    What time of day should we come to the nest if it is marked active? What evening hours would you suggest? I’m looking at#8 now

  17. Shanna Davis says:

    Looks like nest 8 is active. Has it had any turtles emerging yet?

  18. Meg says:

    Has there been any action at nest #9 yet? We are close by and have been wondering if we should walk down or wait until later in the week. Thanks!!

  19. Kristy Johnson says:

    Hi does that mean that nest 9 is finished or will there possibly be more tonight?
    Thank you!

  20. Steph says:

    Is nest #9 still hatching?

  21. Rich Reynolds says:

    Is it worth checking nest #9 tonight just to see if any remain?

    If not any estimate on the nest that is now marked as “watching”? Thanks!

    • dboyce says:

      Rich; just got in and saw your post. It has been an active evening. #9 was closed last night. #11 boiled last night; had an additional 8 out tonight and was closed. #12 had 89 hatchlings out; more eggs in nest and volunteers will be there tomorrow night @ 7:00 p.m.

  22. Sonya says:

    What a great time we had last night with these wonderful people! So glad there are people like you in the world. Godspeed “Lucky Freddy Henri”.

  23. Chris says:

    when we see an active listing, what time is best time to see hatching..night? day?

  24. janet jones says:

    we will be at Ocean Isle Aug 13-19 I know to watch for active for hatching but just wondered if it looks like there will be any possibility during this time? Thanks

  25. Jean Gantt says:

    Any nests expected to hatch tonight? We saw some set upwith cooler & a track. Thanks!

  26. Brad says:

    Any action expected tonight?

  27. Carol Brisbane says:

    Today is August 16th….we noticed a nest by the Wendy Gayle beach house. Do you have any idea of the activity there?

  28. Jennie says:

    When is the best time to come out and see what’s going on with the turtles??

  29. Deana Rivers says:

    My family is here at OIB through the end of next week. Are there any nest hatching soon and where are they located?
    Thank You.

  30. Denise says:

    Does anyone know about nest #21 Thomas Town hatching? We adopted that nest and said watching now closed. We’d like any info if possible. We feel like expecting parents and wanted to know who to thank.
    The Cortazzos from Home,Pa

    • dboyce says:

      Hi Denise; Good morning. You had a total of 94 live hatchlings out of your nest, which began with a “boil” of 74 on Sunday night. Congratulations and thank you for your support. You will be receiving your nest sign in the mail within the next week. The turtles have been keeping us very busy lately, which is why I’m a “bit behind” in paperwork. Have a wonderful day. Deb B.

  31. mauro says:

    Hi , we would like to have data on nest number 20….we adopted it and it should be great to have news.
    thank you

    • dboyce says:

      Sorry we haven’t gotten back to you yet. Nest hatchings have been keeping us very busy. We closed your nest out on Saturday night, 8.20, with a total of 99 hatchlings to the water. You will be receiving your nest sign in a few days, as soon as I can get caught up on our paperwork. Thank you so much for your support and patience. Best regards, Deb B.

  32. Brenda Lyons says:

    Yesterday evening while my sister and I were talking to Rhonda and Mike at nest 25, I wished upon a falling star to see baby sea turtles – would you believe that my wish came true! Within the hour there was a drop and little heads started to emerge! We were amazed at the number of babies that emerged – we thought about 122. Can you tell us what the final count was from that nest?
    We loved helping with the red lights and ushering the babies to the sea. What an amazing event! We stopped by this morning and there was no evidence of last night’s excitement – leave no trace, return to nature. Well done! Thanks to all who cared for and brought all of those babies forth into the world!

    • dboyce says:

      Hi Brenda; There were actually 123 hatchlings that went to the ocean. So glad that you were able to experience this with us. Something that we never tire of. Also, thank you for the wonderful compliment of “leaving no trace of the activity and returning that part of the dune back to nature” – that is our goal. OIBSTPO

  33. Rob says:

    Any turtles hatching tonight? Would love to come check it out and help if we can…

    • dboyce says:

      The only nest that is active at this time is #30, located at 231 West 1st. Street. Beach access is Driftwood then turn right onto the beach, the nest is a few houses west. Good luck.

  34. mauro says:

    Hi, we received the certificate…thank you very much…is there any way to have pictures of the small turtles coming out from a specific nest? our was the n. 20…thank you

  35. Jeannie Harman says:

    How many days is a nest typically active? We will be in town September 8-11 and would love to see a hatching. I see that there are 2 current active nests.

    • dboyce says:

      We closed Nest 30 tonight. Nest 31 is active and located at 108 E. 1st. St. – Newport St. Beach access. Our volunteers will be at the nest each night from 7 until 11 until the nest closes out.

  36. Barb Cawthra says:

    Morning. Another beautiful day in OIB. We were able to find the location of nest 32 yesterday. I was wondering how soon you think they may be emerging. What is the timeline for turtle eggs from being laid to emerging. We have been visiting here for almost 30 years and have been lucky enough to sit at a nest site with your volunteers and see the baby turtles emerge from the nest. What an experience. We were here in April and sent you pictures of Leather Backs we saw from the pier. Did any nest here this year?

  37. Joani says:

    Did nest 32 hatch last night? or are they truly still watching? i wanted to go up there this morning to check around 5am but didn’t get the chance. If it did hatch, how many turtles? i love the turtles and all you all do the safety of them. thank you!

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