Sunday, August 31, 2008

No More Turtle Walks This Season For Me

This is an email we received from our Permittee today. I believe they are still going to watch those nests that have the markings still intact. Even though it is doubtfull they will hatch after being washed over with water and sand, we can still hope.

Due to Gustav, all remaining East End nests were washed over to some extent and have hard packed sand on them.

As a result, and because the nesting part of the turtle season is over, it is NOT necessary to walk your Zones anymore.

What we do ask, is that those of you who have nests with a possibility of hatching, visit those nests until they do hatch or are dug.

The status of the Nests, by Zones, is as follows:
Zone 1, none
Zone 2, Nest #28; this is located at Sanibel Moorings in front of the westernmost walkway
Zone 3, none
Zone 4, none
Zone 5, Nest #21; located at Gulfside City Park, 40 yards east of the easternmost walkway
Zone 6, Nest #27; located at White Sands, 10 feet west of their boardwalk and Nests #20 and #29, both of these are at Pointe Santo de Sanibel, one at the easternmost building the other at the westernmost building.

As bad as this seems, earlier nests did have large clutch sizes that hatched!


Tink *~*~* said...

That is very sad, Tootie. I'm going to miss your turtle walks, and I know you'll miss them too. :-(

Tink *~*~*

BNS said...

I was going to say just about the same thing that Tink said. It is sad -- but I guess we just have to accept that Mother Nature does what Mother Nature wants to do. Sometimes we like it; sometimes we don't.

Bobbie @ The Right Blue

MariBy said...

Oh how very sad. :(

Snowbird said...

So sad. I will miss your weekly reports. I hope that there are some nests left which will hatch.