Turtle Walks

sunset turtle walk

Turtle Walks • BHI Conservancy Members Only

Many who have observed 300 lb. loggerheads coming ashore to nest, or the miracle of tiny hatchlings emerging from their nest, tell us that these are among the most extraordinary events you can experience in the wild.

During the summer season, BHI Conservancy Members may join our Sea Turtle Protection Staff for a nightly Turtle Walk. After a 45-minute presentation about our renowned sea turtle protection program, what to expect, and basic sea turtle biology, you are led to the beach to await word from our beach patrol for directions to any nesting or hatching sites. 

Turtle Walks will be offered nightly from June 1st-August 11th from 9PM-12AM. Starting Sunday, August 11th through Thursday, September 19th, Turtle Walks will be offered on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 8PM-11PM. During this time, Turtle Walks will focus on potential hatching events, as females are no longer laying nests that late in the season. 

We are granted permission to conduct Turtle Walks through a special state permit that restricts us to 25 participants per night, in order to protect this natural resource. Turtle Walks are only available to BHI Conservancy Members and due to limit space, fill up very quickly. If you are a member, you are encouraged to register as early as possible to ensure space for you and your guests. Reservations are required for this program. To purchase or renew a membership, please call (910) 457-0089.  

Things to bring on your Turtle Walk:

  • Turtle Walk Pass Cards
  • Flashlight (we will provide the red cellophane)      
  • Blanket for beach time
  • Long sleeve jacket/pants
  • Bug spray
  • Positive thoughts!!

Reservations Required click here!

To join the BHI Conservancy click here!

hatchling and mom

 2012 Graph of sea turtle nests

2014 BHI nests laid = 33, nests hatched = 1

2013 nests laid = 120, nests hatched = 120

2012 nests laid = 76, nests hatched = 76

2011 nests laid = 99, nests hatched = 75*

*Unhatched nests were due to unfertilized eggs and Hurricane Irene's impacts.

For more informations on the turtles of Bald head Island click to go to Turtles.

For more information on our Sea Turtle Protection Program click here.

For more information on Sea Turtles click here.

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