Visitors and residents on Ocracoke Island are invited to join rangers at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore for a public sea turtle nest excavation on Wednesday, September 14
The excavation will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., and visitors can park in the lot adjacent to the NPS Campground, and next to ORV Ramp 68. The nest is located 0.05 miles north of Ramp 68.
During the excavation, spectators can watch National Park biologists dig up a recently hatched nest and inventory what’s inside. Biologists will count empty eggshells, collect unhatched eggs, and occasionally find live and/or dead hatchlings during these excavations. While the biologists perform their examination of the nest, a park ranger will present a program on sea turtles and share what the biologists have found.
For more information and to learn about additional upcoming public nest excavations, call our sea turtle nest excavation hotline at 252-475-9629.