Loggerhead Love

We just returned from our annual family trip to Harbor Island~ a barrier island in the Lowcountry of South Carolina~ home to pelicans, herons, horseshoe crabs and a nesting site to Loggerhead Turtles.

 By the end of our week’s stay, this private residential 3 mile-stretch-of-beach, had a recorded number of 64 turtle nests~ closing in on the record of 66 nests set in 1999~ twice as many than in 2010!

 

On two of our morning walks, we were thrilled to come across turtle tracks and volunteers inventorying and marking nests numbered 62 & 64.

  Nest 63~ a wild nest was also discovered during our week stay.  A “wild nest” is one that was not found and marked during routine turtle patrol. There were 126 eggs that hatched from nest 63.

Approximately 25 volunteers participate in the Harbor Island Project, searching each morning at sunrise for turtle tracks and nests. All nests are monitored until they hatch and data is submitted to the SC Department of Natural Resources and SeaTurtle.org

Nest 8, had 83 hatchlings to emerge~ the last 8 stragglers remaining in the nest were released early one morning. . .

So fun to see them making their way to the ocean :-)

Wishing all the hatchlings a safe swim :-)

Thank you to Fran, Judy and all the other turtle volunteers for sharing their Loggerhead Love!

You can find more information about Harbor Island Turtles including daily updates & nest counts here.

The Harbor Island Turtle Program is a volunteer program and receives no funding from the state~  with all expenses paid by strictly from donations.  Havahart is sponsoring a photo contest that the HI Turtle Program has entered for a chance to win $500 which would be used toward the purchase of a product called Critter Ridder to spread around turtle nests to keep predators from feasting on turtle eggs.

You can share your Loggerhead Love by voting once daily from now until Aug. 1stfor HI’s Turtle Program’s photo of a loggerhead hatchling, which you can find on page 15, listed under Judith S. here.

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

  49 comments for “Loggerhead Love

  1. July 23, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. What a fun and interesting time it must have been and to see all those baby turtles walking towards the water really touches my heart at the creativity of God.
    Cindy

  2. Kim
    July 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    As I was reading along I was keeping my fingers crossed that we would get
    t o see some babies. How fun and exciting it must have been for you to see this firsthand. Your photos are wonderful. Those little hatchlings headed for the ocean … so precious. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  3. July 23, 2011 at 9:25 am

    How neat! We have a similar program here to rescue the sea turtles.

  4. July 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Wonderful post, Mary. How exciting!
    We also have programs in place for the “Honu`ea”, the Hawksbill turtle, whose nesting season is from May till the end of summer. The Honu`ea come out at night and nest at Punalu’u Black Sand Beach on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

  5. July 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Wonderful post, Mary, and wonderful news that the numbers are twice that they were in 2010. Exciting!

  6. Brenda
    July 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Awesome…

  7. July 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    What fabulous photographs of such a wonder of nature. We lived on the Isle of Palms for two years, but I never got to witness the baby turtles making their way to the water. Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation.

  8. July 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    This is really interesting for children. Mother nature at its best at the beach. I would love to see it myself, never at the beach at the right time. Thanks for sharing it. I’m visiting over form Seasonal Sundays.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

  9. July 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I feel so blessed that you shared this lovely tribute to the turtles with us! I had no clue about any of this nor have I ever been part of this journey.Thanks so much for sharing. xo marlis

  10. July 24, 2011 at 9:10 am

    How exciting! Good luck little guys!!!!!!!!!

  11. July 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

    My husband and I volunteered for several seasons when we lived on the beach in Florida. It was an amazing experience! Thank you for sharing this.

  12. July 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Wow! What an awesome vacation. I’d love to see baby loggerheads “in person”. What great work the volunteers are doing.
    Thanks for sharing your trip and photos.
    Have a great week,
    Babs

  13. Vee
    July 24, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Oh it must be great fun to watch them make that trek. I was amazed and happy to see how well they blend into the sand and surf. What a fun project to be a part of for the kids and adults alike!

  14. July 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Just totally wonderful. Wonderful. xx’s

  15. Pondside
    July 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I can just imagine everyone cheering those wee hatchlings on as they struggle to the sea. What an interesting post!

  16. July 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Such cute baby turtles. I hope they survive long in the wild.

  17. July 25, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Ah, I am in love! These little guys are precious – hooray for turtles! What an excellent week to visit the island.

    Ps. stopping by via Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. I’m so happy to find your charming blog! Will visit again, for sure!

  18. July 25, 2011 at 7:15 am

    How adorable. I ‘d love to see them . Wonderful to witness mother nature in action!

    Veronica

  19. July 25, 2011 at 7:25 am

    What a wonderful program. The little turtles are so adorable. V

  20. July 25, 2011 at 8:33 am

    This is terrific! What a great sight to see up close, I’ve only seen it on the news when they feature the stories! Great shots!

  21. July 25, 2011 at 9:58 am

    oh that was great fun! what a great trip that allows you to peer in on this too annually. so many great shots, thanks so much for sharing these :)

  22. July 25, 2011 at 10:48 am

    That was great!! I have never seen baby Loggerheads before and you really captured them in some amazing pictures…thank you!

  23. July 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Wow, amazing pictures of the baby turtles. That’s a great project! Thanks for sharing. I hope the babies survive to return another year. Pamela

  24. July 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    This is such an amazing post! I’ve heard of this wonderful journey. It’s so neat to see them so up close and personal. Thanks for brining this amazing post to Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  25. July 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

    AWWW, they are so sweet! I am so glad there are programs like this! I will go vote! Thanks for sharing this. Wonderful photos!

  26. July 26, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    How totally adorable!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Overstock.com Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500 entries, the Gift Card will increase to $100.
    Honey

  27. July 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Loggerhead love indeed. Great photos. Wonderful program.

  28. July 27, 2011 at 4:35 am

    We have the same happenings here on our island with the Kemp Ridley turtles….and releasing the hatchlings into the Gulf. Isn’t it wonderful?!!!

    LYDIA ANN LIGHTHOUSE

    Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!

  29. July 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    The loggerheads are awesome! When we had our place at Hilton Head we had to change the outside lighting because it was confusing the loggerheads. Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

  30. July 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    How exciting to see them return to the sea!

  31. Riet
    July 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Wow, great O word.

  32. July 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I would love to experience this turtle event! How cute they all are! Thank you for sharing your photos!
    Blessings & Aloha!

  33. Jo
    July 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Oh I love this post,and your photo’s are wonderful!…what a great experience and educational program…..sweet!

    I love the “O”cean and all it’s inhabitant’s!
    ~Jo
    LazyonLoblolly

  34. July 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    This is wonderful! Love the turtles and your photos capture the whole event perfectly! Thanks for sharing with us!

  35. July 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    How neat to see all those little turtles going off to the ocean!

  36. July 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    The little turtles are so cute! What a wonderful project! It must be so cool to watch them go on their way.

  37. magicalmysticalteacher
    July 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    What a wonderful story!

    WATER ON WEDNESDAY

    Water on Wednesday
    And other days too,
    Water for me, friend,
    And water for you;

    Water as ocean
    And water as sea,
    Water for you, friend,
    And water for me;

    Every day water
    In puddle or ice
    Or snowflakes or mist—
    Oh, water is nice!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    The Pacific at San Diego

  38. July 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    That’s really cute seeing baby hatchling making their way to the ocean. I’ve yet to experience turtle hatching and see them up life at the beach. It must have been a great experience.

  39. July 28, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Oh, what a wonderfilled experience for all! Your blog is a very interesting and a comfortable place to be. Thank you for bringing me into your vacation, and the awesome beginnings of the sea turtle.

    ~Re

  40. July 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    That goes on here too, but I’ve never seen it in person. What great pictures you got! Didn’t they become endangered because they were getting caught in fishing nets? I believe the Coast Guard checks now and fishing boats have to have a certain type of net that the turtles can escape from.

  41. July 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Wow. What an outstanding link this week! We have friends that do this in Galveston and I’ve learned quite a bit from them about the process.

    I will forward them this link. You have done such a wonderful job capturing the process photographically.

    Thank you.

    I really enjoyed this stop.

    A+

  42. July 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I had no idea there were so many hatchlings per next. Safe travels indeed!

  43. July 29, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I always want to cheer for the little guys as they make their dash to the sea. Lovely pictures!

  44. July 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I love turtles! It’s so nice to educate children on the ways of nature when they’re young. Looks like they are doing a great job in getting turtles back into the ecosystem! {:-Deb

  45. July 31, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Aww, they are so adorable! What a great thing to do with kids too! I still remember when I was little, my parents would take me to the natural science museum where they had this area that talked about sea turtles. I was always so traumatized at the part where birds would prey after the baby sea turtles when they make their trek down into the ocean. I’m glad that nothing like that happened on your trip!

  46. August 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    these photo shots are breath taking.

  47. August 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

    These photos are amazing! What an experience and those babies are too cute.

    Thanks for sharing these.

    I’m here:
    On This Orange-Hued Day

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