Every summer, sea turtles visit the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) to lay their nests. This year, the National Seashore has had more than 200 nests reported along the local shorelines so far, with many nests already beginning to hatch.
One of the ways that national park staff assist these turtles is by gathering data after each nest hatches. Because of current social distancing guidelines, park staff are not able to hold the public sea turtle nest excavations that attract visitors every year. However, CHNS and partner organization, Outer Banks Forever, will be hosting a live sea turtle nest excavation online, so that virtual beach-goers can still enjoy the experience.
Click here to join CHNS and Outer Banks Forever on Facebook this Friday, September 4th, at 10:00 a.m. to view a virtual sea turtle nest excavation at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
During this excavation, a park biologist will dig up a recently hatched nest, count the empty shells, and collect unhatched eggs for research. Park staff will also share information about the sea turtles that nest on the Outer Banks beaches, and will also explain what is going on throughout the excavation.
The event may be postponed or canceled due to inclement weather. Please stay tuned to the Facebook event page for any updates on the date and time of this excavation.