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What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

Summer may be here for many but did you know that May is the start of the sea turtle nesting season here on the coast? Each year many loggerhead sea turtles come to our shoreline in late spring to lay their nests? And when you stay in one of our Holden Beach vacation rentals, your family may get to see a nest or two. Let’s see what you need to know about the sea turtle nesting season here at Holden Beach below.

When Will We See a Sea Turtle Nest?

What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

Here at Holden Beach, we have many volunteers who will begin searching the beaches in hope of finding a loggerhead sea turtle nest. May 1st through the end of October is when your family may get to see a turtle nest. If you are walking at night on the beach, you may find a mother sea turtle laying her eggs in a nest she built. This doesn’t happen just at Holden Beach, but happens along the shorelines in several states.

Help Protect our Loggerhead Sea Turtles

What You Need to Know About the Turtle Nesting Season at Holden Beach

Holden Beach takes protecting our loggerhead sea turtles very serious we would like to continue to make their nests on our coast. Each morning you will see that there are local volunteers who look for a new nest or a turtle who may need help. With each new nest they find, they mark it with stakes, ribbon and even a warning sign to help protect them. It will normally take each nest to hatch around 60 days or so and so they are closely monitored until they do. We do however have a few things that you need to remember while you are on vacation during turtle nesting season:

  • If you happen to see a sea turtle mother or their nest, please keep your distance from them.
  • When you are venturing on the beach at night, please leave your flashlights off or if you happen to see a turtle, don’t shine it on them. They use the moonlight to help guide them back to the sea.
  • Make sure that you bring your beach equipment back to your vacation rental after a nice day at the beach. We don’t want the turtles to get caught in them while they are on the sand.
  • Please keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend at the beach. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings as much as we can.
  • If you happen to see a mother who is in distress, injured or any unmarked nests, please contact the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol today at 910-754-0722.

While there are many other things you can do to help protect the nests and hatchlings while you are on vacation, these are the most important that we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations, check out our Holden Beach vacation rentals today. We hope that you and your family will be able to see a sea turtle on your next vacation to Holden Beach!


Why You Should Join the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol

If you’re looking for a way to volunteer your time and make a difference you should join the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol. You’ll be patrolling for mothers laying a nest, stranded or injured sea turtles and unattended hatchlings. While patrolling you will have the support and back up of those experienced in working for the Holden Beach turtle watch program year after year.

Why You Should Join the Holden Beach Turtle PatrolFounded in 1989, this all volunteer, nonprofit conservation organization monitors and protects the sea turtle population on Holden Beach, North Carolina.

Every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. throughout the months of June, July, and August, the Educational Committee hosts a Turtle Talk that is open to the public. These free programs are held at the Town Hall in Holden Beach at 110 Rothschild Street near the bridge. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All programs are free of charge. Donations will be accepted.

Why You Should Join the Holden Beach Turtle PatrolTurtle Talk focuses on the life cycle of the sea turtle, and how the Holden Beach Turtle program aids in the preservation of these sea turtles. A short video is shown following by a question and answer segment. Several turtle artifacts will be on display. Informational handouts with additional information will be available.

There’s also a Children’s Turtle Time on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. beginning June 25 and running through August 6. Special program for children 3, 4, 5 and 6 years old. There will be stories, crafts and games. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

We encourage you to come join us and learn more about these sea turtles that nest on our beach and how you can help. Whether you decide to be a part of the Turtle Patrol or not, you’re still welcome to attend the Turtle Talk.