“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.

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