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.

Please use the resources below 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 early morning and evening.  Please pay attention to "AM" or "PM" on the schedule.
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.

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Person Excavating 

SH4 4 houses south of access 2 Sun 7/24 7:00AM S Hair Main Beach and walk south, access 5 or 6 and walk north
PLK6 3 houses north of access 4N Sun 7/24 7:00PM Kregers Along Ocean Ave
DHC6 2 houses south of access 16 Mon 7/25 7:00AM D & C Heritage Access 15 cross street, Madison and walk south; access 16 cross street, Cleveland
DHC7 Just north of access 29 Mon 7/25 7:00PM D & C Heritage Access 29; access 30 and walk north; access 26, 27, 28, and walk south
PLK8 1 house north of access 16N Mon 7/25 7:00PM Kregers Elizabeth St across from access 16N off of North Fletcher
DHC4 Access 13 Tues 7/26 7:00AM D & C Heritage LIMITED PARKING: access 13 cross street, Jefferson; access 15 cross street, Madison or access 16 cross street, Cleveland, and walk north
LC5 Access 18 Tues 7/26 7:00AM L Collins LIMITED PARKING: Access 16 cross street, Cleveland and walk south; Slider's and walk north
MD7 Access 31 Tues 7/26 7:00AM M Duffy Access 31; access 29 or 30 and walk south
Mary Duffy excavates a nest in front of anxious onlookers.