Excavation Schedule

Excavation Schedule
All excavations are influenced by the weather conditions and may be postponed or cancelled.
Some nests are located in areas with no access for the public.  These nests may be excavated without being posted for public attendance.
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 or 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.

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.

Beach Access Map






Person Excavating 


DHC12 Just north of access 23 Mon 8/3 7:00 AM D Heritage Limited. Access 23 cross street, D Street; access 22 cross street, C Street and walk south; access 24 cross street, Askins St and walk north; Sliders Seaside Park and walk south
PLK8 5 houses north of access 4N Mon  8/3  7:00 PM  Kregers Along Ocean Ave near access 4N
PLK9 Access 9N Mon 8/3 7:30 PM Kregers Along Ocean Ave near access 9N; North Beach Park and walk south
DHC7 2 houses south of access 15 Mon 8/3 7:00 PM D Heritage Limited.  Access 13 cross street, Jefferson St and walk south; access 15 cross street, Madison St; access 16 cross street, Cleveland St and walk north
MD8 2 houses south of access 8 Tues 8/4 7:00 PM M Duffy Access 5 or 6 and walk south; access 8; access 9 and walk north
Mary Duffy excavates a nest in front of anxious onlookers.