Sea Turtle Protection Program - Summer 2020 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 2020 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.

Conservation
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. Staff and volunteers are required to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible.

Education
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. Face coverings are required by staff, volunteers, and Turtle Walk program participants.

Public Outreach
Nest excavations/hatchling releases will not be shared with the public this summer.

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. Please stay outside the perimeter and at least a 6 ft distance from other families. 

Please wear a face covering when in close proximity to our staff and volunteers.

We will continue to share as much information as possible on the status of the 2020 nesting 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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