West Brunswick High School – Science Olympiad 4.5.2014

Presenting OIBSTPO to the public

Presenting OIBSTPO to the public

Join the OIBSTPO “Road Crew” Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9:30 til Noon at the West Brunswick High School Science Olympiad.   There will be great things to do, see and learn in the lobby.  Come out and support all of these amazing students.

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The easiest way to describe 2013 is in one word… BUSY!!!    We had a total of 36 nests with an average of 82.4% success rate of hatchlings to the water.   All of our volunteers were very excited each day a new nest was discovered and equally excited as each nest produced beautiful hatchlings to escort to their ocean home.  The first nest was laid in June and the last of them hatched out early in October.

Our volunteers were kept very busy this season, not only with their nesting activities but also by helping out each Monday & Tuesday at Turtle Talks held at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the OIB Community Center from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  The volunteers also manned  an information table & donation table at the Friday night concerts all summer.  

I don’t want to leave out those volunteers who made weekly (each Friday) trips to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center to tend to “cold-stunned” turtles from January thru May.

Our annual Turtle Day, held on July 10, was a fun day for all involved.  The Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol volunteers along with our OIBSTPO volunteers did their very best providing fun and educational games for the children (of all ages!!) that attended.    Please be sure to mark your calendar for next year – the Wednesday after July 4th

  Turtle Day - Education Table

Turtle Day


We also held a raffle for a beautiful turtle statue donated to the OIBSTPO by a family who wish to remain anonymous.  The lucky winner was Mr. Stew Koontz of Little River, SC.  Mr. Koontz volunteers with the North Myrtle Beach Turtle Program.  The drawing was held on Labor Day and the lucky number was picked by Lynn Wiedman, winner of our 2012 raffle.  Mr. & Mrs. Koontz picked up their statue about a week later.   They were very thrilled to have won the turtle as Mr. Koontz is a member of the North Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Organization.

Turtle Sculpture Drawing 9.2.13

Turtle Sculpture Winner  9.2.13
Our volunteers also participated in the Ocean Isle Beach annual Fourth of July Parade,

Lucy @ July 4th Parade 7.4.13

 the OIPOA Trash Bash in September  

Trash Bash



and the NC Oyster Festival in October.

Oyster Festival



We are also planning to be in the 10th Annual Floatilla on November 30.  The Floatilla begins at Inlet View, Shallotte Point and ends at Sharkys – Ocean Isle Beach.   Bundle up and come out to cheer us on!!!


That is our 2013 wrap up – we want to thank everyone that had the opportunity to see a mother on the beach or a nest emerging and helping to “escort” the hatchlings to their ocean home and also to each and everyone who made a donation to our program.   Our volunteers and “our” turtles are ever so grateful.


Just wanted to let everyone know that our volunteers are doing an absolutely fantastic job, as usual, this summer. Jim and I just want to say Thank You!!!


Good Monday morning !!!   Would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the calls we received during the night reporting Mama turtles on the beach.  Unfortunately, the 5 crawls our team responded to, only one was a viable nest.  The others were frightened off the beach by flashlights and camera flashes – as reported by visitors.   We BEG that anyone that comes upon a mother turtle, please stay back, stay quiet, give her room to dig her nest/lay her eggs and MOST IMPORTANT DO NOT SHINE LIGHTS ON HER FACE OR TAKE PICTURES FROM THE FRONT.  PLEASE CALL OIBSTPO IMMEDIATELY – 910.231.8539 OR 910.231.3139.   Also, as a reminder – these sea turtles are an endangered species and protected – it is unlawful to harass or harm them or their nests in any way.     Thank you all very much for your support.

July 4th, 2013


Happy 4th of July!!!

Our nest locators will only need to add red and blue to their Independence Day colors as the white is represented by the beautiful turtle eggs in nest 14.  Sue and Neal reported the crawl and the nest was confirmed by Terry, Ann M, Fulton and Deb A.  Other colors represented this morning were the colors of the rainbow that danced across the sky as our volunteers left the beach.  What a wonderful way to begin a holiday weekend.

In addition the OIBSTPO participated in the annual Ocean Isle Beach parade.  The Gator and the Transport Van were decked out in red, white & blue, flags flying and Lucy the Loggerhead waving to her fans.

Lucy @ July 4th Parade 7.4.13


Unfortunately the day was not all bright and cheery as Jim was notified by the OIB Police about 2 sea turtles washed up on the far East end of the island.  Jim met the officers at Shallotte Blvd. and they helped rescue the one sea turtle off the beach but died en route to the hospital.  The other turtle had been hit by a boat and died.   The turtles we love sometimes is not an easy job but one that we are very proud to be able to do.

Just want to say to all – “God bless our country and all of those that have fought and continue to fight to keep us free”

Deb B.

Topsail Turtle Release – BOYCE

Wednesday, June 5, was a spectacular day for 28 sea turtles!  They were released back to their ocean home after receiving awesome care and recuperation time at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center.    The turtles are all special and each have their own personalities but BOYCE was our personal favorite!!!   Our Friday Crew:  Ann, Nancy, Deb & Jim, were so thrilled when Jean honored us by naming the Green Sea Turtle, formerly known as “D2″, BOYCE.

Here she is healthy and very happy to be returning to Mother Ocean.  Boyce's release 6.5.13