Sea Turtle Protection Program - Summer 2021 COVID-19 Updates

Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission guidelines, the Conservancy is altering operations for our summer 2021 Sea Turtle Protection Program. Please understand that we are required to follow state guidelines, which have been enacted to keep our staff, volunteers, and the public safe and healthy.

Even though BHIC staff numbers are reduced, our usual nest protection efforts are still in effect including nightly beach patrols for sea turtle tagging, monitoring, and nest caging operations. Our Nest Monitor Program volunteers will be monitoring nests for hatching activity.

We will continue to offer Turtle Walks to BHIC Members, but group sizes and the number of offerings per week will be limited. The Ride-Along program will not be offered this summer.

Public Outreach
Nest excavations/hatchling releases will not be shared with the public this summer. If you happen to see the Conservancy's Sea Turtle Protection Team on the beach, feel free to stop by and ask what we are up to!

If you see a perimeter (stakes/rope) set up by BHIC staff or volunteers on the beach, that perimeter must be enforced to keep safe social distancing during all nestings, hatchings, or excavations. The only personnel allowed inside perimeters will be staff, volunteers, and adoptive families of nests ( up to 5 people per family ) . Please stay outside the perimeter and at least a 6 ft distance from other families. 

We will continue to share as much information as possible on the status of the 2021 sea turtle season (including photos and videos) on our social media and website.

How You Can Help
Please call our Wildlife Hotline (910-457-0089 x5) if you see a nesting sea turtle mom, nest hatching, or any injured sea turtles or other wildlife.

We may not see you as often on the beach this summer, but you can still help the sea turtles by using only red light on the beach at night (no light around hatchlings), filling holes, and removing beach equipment at the end of each day.  We also appreciate your support through our Adopt-a program or by becoming a Conservancy Member

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support!
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