Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol Wins DNR Award..... Again!

At the 2017 Year End Turtle Patrol Party sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol received the award for the highest number of reported volunteer hours worked on sea turtle conservation for the second consecutive year! These volunteer hours are matched dollar-for-dollar in grant money. This money ultimately pays for the genetics project and the DNR support staff who work each summer. It’s not too late to log your hours. It takes about five minutes, and you can log your volunteer hours for the entire season all at once!

This is the second year in a row that the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol won the award. This year’s award was a hand-crafted Christmas ornament with a sea turtle hatchling charm inside. .

                     

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As you can see from following graph, Seabrook Island won by a large margin with 4,773 hours.

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 The Award was accepted by Terry Fansler, Turtle Patrol Leader, who represented Seabrook Island along with Lori Porwoll and Gayle Evans.

The award is a testament to all the hard work and dedication on the part of our Turtle Patrol Members. Many thanks to the whole Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol.

Many Sea Turtle Nests Lost to Hurricane Irma

One effect of the recent hurricanes is the loss of sea turtle nests. About 30% of South Carolina's Loggerhead nests were impacted by Hurricane Irma. We were very fortunate that all of the Seabrook Island nests had hatched. The last on the day before the storm.

The linked article summarizes the effect on Florida sea turtles .....  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/science/hurricane-florida-sea-turtle-nests-irma.html?emc=eta1

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Turtle Patrol Has Another Successful Season

The Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol had another succesful season with 70 nests and nearly 6,000 hatchlings headed out to sea. Patrol Members also investigated 54 false crawls and relocated 57 nests. The Patrol has over 125 members who take on a wide array of responsibilities.

Many thanks to the Walkers, the Probers, the Inventory Team, the Pre Hatch Activity Team, the Education Committee and the Social Committee. All of these groups are critical to the Patrol's success.

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