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On June 3, 2017 IT finally happened. Although it is relatively early in the season mama Loggerhead decided to lay her nest in the late evening of June 3 in Nags Head, NC.
The NEST response team was notified early a.m. on June 4 and many seasoned and new volunteers heeded the call.
Measurements were taken and the dig began for the exact location of the nest eggs. Bobby had the pleasure of finding the DNA egg (The DNA egg is sent to Raleigh, NC for analysis to determine if mama turtle has laid multiple nests and if so where)
For what is known about threatened and endangered sea turtles, much more is unknown. This year generous donations allowed NEST to acquire sea turtle nest data loggers to be put in each sea turtle nests for the NEST managed areas on the Outer Banks. The recorded temperatures will allow analysis of daily readings to help in obtaining information on sea turtles.
After the data logger is placed in the nest, the sea turtle eggs that were removed are placed back in the nest.
The NEST response team proudly salutes their efforts for the 1st sea turtle nest of the 2017 season by showing one finger.