OIB’s First Nest of Season!!


“The Von Wormer Babies” nest sign

"The Von Wormer Babies" First nest of 2011

The anticipation is finally over!  Our first nest of the 2011 season “the Von Wormer Babies” was discovered Monday morning by our ATV rider.  The “mama”, a loggerhead, identified by her crawl, dug a huge body pit within 3 feet of the escarpment in front of house number 121 W. First Street.  While volunteers Nancy Parker and Jim Boyce diligently worked to locate the eggs, trainees Anne Neely and Gail Ehrhardt observed the process and explained to visitors as they walked up exactly what was happening.  Zane Colfield, also a new volunteer, was busy snapping pics.  The nest was successfully relocated directly back into the dunes, marked off for protection and now the wait begins for the first hatchlings to emerge!

Nancy getting eggs ready to relocate

Eggs in nest prior to being relocated

Gail watching how it's done.

This nest will be used as a training nest for potential “nest parents” who will be keeping watch over nests during the 2011 season.   Anyone interested should email oibcturtleorg@atmc.net for information.

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