Jim Kranda found the first nest in Kill Devil Hills shortly after six am.  Great work Jim!  Volunteers were called to the scene and after some serious digging Bonnie found the nest right where mama turtle put it.

Nest 5

The temperature data log was placed and the string was tied to the nest corner post. Team 5 gathered all the needed data and covered the nest for a 60 day sleep.  We then said good bye to nest 5 until the end of August!

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Excavation Update!

As you can see in the picture below, nest excavations are all about teamwork! Our NEST volunteers carefully dig up the nest pulling out any live hatchlings, whole eggs, and egg shells. The egg shells and whole eggs are lined in the sections of lines made by the volunteers in groups of ten which makes the counting part at the end much easier! After tallying up the egg shells and whole eggs the total nest count was 116 eggs! It was also determined out of those 116 eggs, 88 Oreo sized cookie Loggerhead hatchlings made their way out of the nest and into the ocean. A BIG thank you to the NEST parents and nest sitting volunteers who helped on this nest!

NEST volunteers removing egg shells from the egg chamber to be counted.


  • nest number: 05
  • town: Kill Devil Hills
  • date eggs laid: 06/26/2017
  • begin monitoring: 08/19/2017
  • actual emergence date: 8/26/2017
  • live hatchlings: 88
  • total eggs: 116

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