Our 2024 season started on May 1.  The first nest was on May 5. Excavations will start about two months after the first nest, or mid July.

We excavate nests 3 days after emergence. We invite you to join us for early morning and evening excavations. We will invite you via this web site to excavations only if adequate parking is available.  Only those will be listed here on our Excavation Schedule one to three days prior. We cannot predict in advance when they will be, so check daily.

What is an excavation?

Sea turtles actually hatch from the egg 1-3 days before they emerge from the nest cavity.  Once they emerge, they make their way to the sea.  Once a nest has emerged, we wait 3 days to give all the hatchlings an opportunity to make it out of the nest on their own.  On day 3 after an emergence, we dig into the nest, excavate it, to take an inventory of the contents.  We count all the empty egg shells (shards), the unhatched eggs, and any hatchlings that may be trapped of dead in the nest.  This is an excavation.  The nests we dig into at this event have already hatched and emerged on their own.  We are just taking an inventory.  Once we complete our inventory, we return the contents back into the nest, except for any live hatchings, which we release near the shore. 

What will you see at an excavation?

You will see the contents of the nest, shards, unhatched eggs, live and/or dead hatchlings remaining in the nest.

When are excavations held?

We excavate nests in the early morning or late evening.

All excavations are influenced by the weather and may be postponed or canceled.

Some nests are located in areas with little or no access for the public. These nests may be excavated without being posted here

Please use the resources below (Beach Access Map and Beach Access Number) to identify locations of excavations. Some accesses are labeled with a number and "N".  These accesses are located north of Main Beach off of North Fletcher Ave.  Please make sure you know where you are going before you leave to attend.

Excavations are done in the morning and in the evening.  Please pay attention to "AM" or "PM" on the schedule.