Hatching season in high gear

Lots of nests are hatching! Please check our Facebook page for information on nest excavations which are performed three days after hatchlings emerge. The public is invited to these events which are your best opportunity to possibly see a live hatchling and learn about our efforts to protect sea turtles on Panama City Beach.

Hatching season is here!

Woohoo, hatching season has arrived! Three nests hatched Sunday night and will be excavated Wednesday afternoon. See our Facebook page for the schedule.  Please call the Beach Police at 850-233-5000 if you see hatchlings on the beach, and remember not to shine lights or take flash photos.

Still arriving!

Two nests this morning brings our total to 42, keeping us on pace for a record season! Nests will start hatching soon, so please check our Facebook page for news on nest excavations which are open to the public. If you see nesting or hatchling turtles on Panama City Beach, immediately call the Panama City Beach Police at 850-233-5000. Please no flash lights or flash photos while turtles are on the beach.

Season Update

We’ve found 34 loggerhead nests so far this season, including two yesterday. Call the Panama City Beach Police at 850-233-5000 if you spot a sea turtle nesting on our beach (no flash lights or flash photos). And if you’re enjoying the beach on this holiday week, please practice the principles of Leave No Trace and take your stuff at the end of the day and fill in holes. Happy 4th!

Two in one!

Volunteers Jadwiga Tabaka and Jeff Krepper encountered two nesting loggerheads Monday night, thanks to observant bystanders who saw the turtles and called the Panama City Beach Police 850-233-5000. We’re up to 31 nests, all loggerheads, and remain on record pace!

Turtle Encounter!

Exciting turtle encounter this morning for surveyor Secret Holmes-Douglas and volunteers JoAnn Weatherford and Ron Speer! This loggerhead had to maneuver around lounge chairs but was able to successfully nest. When you enjoy the beach, remember to take your stuff at the end of the day and fill in holes. We have 20 loggerhead nests and are on pace for another record season!

Nesting on Record Pace!

Volunteers Rich and Isis Koenders were busy last weekend protecting four loggerhead nests, and this week started with another nest marked by volunteers Jessica Graham and Kim Christian. Our current total of 14 loggerhead nests sets a new record at this early stage of the season! If you see a nesting turtle on Panama City Beach, immediately call the Beach Police at 850-233-5000 and Turtle Watch volunteers will respond.

Alberto

Subtropical Storm Alberto washed away two nests on Memorial Day, but thankfully Alberto’s impact was small since only four nests were on the beach when the storm hit. We currently have six nests, all loggerheads.

On the board!

We’re on the board with our first nest of the season! It’s a loggerhead nest at Largo Mar Condo on Thomas Dr, found this morning by surveyor Secret Holmes-Douglas and volunteers Erica Rodgers and Angela Barros. Hooray!!!