Excavation Schedule

Excavation Schedule

The 2016 season has come to an end.  Hurricane Matthew washed out the last two nests.  Check back with us in May of 2017.  
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.

Beach Access Map






Person Excavating 

Mary Duffy excavates a nest in front of anxious onlookers.