These incredibles Sea Turtles are returning to the Island after leaving the Island as hatchlings almost 25 years ago. If you would like to adopt a nest, the cost is $25.00 and you will be able to follow your nest with updates from from Andrea Siebold(see below). Hilton Head Properties this year will adopt a nest for every new buyer that works with us this year! Click here to adopt your own nest. To start shopping for your very own nest on the Island click Hilton Head Properties!


May 23, 2020

From: Andrea Siebold <andreabsiebold@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2020 7:24:35 AM
To: Andrea Siebold <andreabsiebold@gmail.com>
Subject: Happy World Turtle Day!!!

Dear Turtle Fans,

May 23rd is celebrated around the world as World Turtle Day.  (Generally I only celebrate World SEA Turtle Day, which is June 16….but I just had the opportunity to be with the giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands.  So not to leave them out, we will recognize this day as well!!)

World Turtle Day was founded in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue – with the purpose of educating people about the things they can do to help protect the habitats of turtles and tortoises.  It is also a chance to celebrate the joy that these huge ancient creatures bring to so many!

On Hilton Head Island, we all can help the endangered turtles that nest on our beach:

  • Lights out on the beach after 10:00 pm.  Mother sea turtles and hatchlings are distracted by lights on the beach during nesting or hatching.
  • Fill in holes and knock down sandcastles after your time on the beach.  They are obstacles for nesting turtles or emerging hatchlings.
  • Use reusable water bottles and shopping bags.  Floating plastic looks like food to sea turtles.
  • Hold onto balloons.  Released balloons can end up in the ocean where sea turtles will think they are food and eat them.
  • Leave nesting turtles, nests and hatchlings undisturbed.
  • Remove your trash and beach equipment before dark so the beach is clear for the turtles and hatchlings.

We can all make a difference!!!  To all the turtles and tortoises of the world – we salute you!

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org


May 3, 2020

From: Andrea Siebold <andreabsiebold@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 3, 2020 2:10:40 PM
Subject: First Sea Turtle Nest on Hilton Head Island!!!

Dear Sea Turtle Nest Adopters,

May 3rd:  Today is the day that the first sea turtle nest of the season was found on Hilton Head Island!!  In the middle of the night, a mother sea turtle dragged herself out of the ocean, on to the sand and crawled to a beautiful, scenic spot waaaay above the high tide line.  We did not see the mother turtle (long gone by daylight) but we did see her unmistakable tracks in the sand leading into the dunes:

Once she got there, she busily dug a deep hole with her back flippers (not too easy to do!) and laid her eggs (usually about 120 of them) into the hole.  After that, she covered up all of the eggs, filled in the hole, so that her eggs would be safe from harm for the next 60 or so days until they are ready to hatch.  Then, exhausted, she dragged her tired body back into the ocean – never to visit her nest or see her babies again!  Wow!  What a lot of work for that poor mother!  If you look carefully, you can see her tracks to and from her nest:


Also notice the nice empty beach, perfect for peaceful sea turtle nesting! 

The Sea Turtle Patrol has now marked the nest with three poles and an orange label to remind us all that  this is the nest of an endangered species – they are not to be touched or disturbed.      

So we are off to a great and early start…. Hoping this is the beginning of a successful season of sea turtle nests!

Be safe, and thank you so much for your interest – we’ll keep you posted!

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org


March 25, 2020

At this time of confinement, it may be somewhat comforting to know that nature continues its routine – including the sea turtles of Hilton Head Island.  Although we are not able to welcome any human visitors to our island right now, we can still put out the welcome mat for the nesting sea turtles!  They are swimming out in the ocean right now, waiting for the perfect moment to come to nest.  It is still a little chilly for them in South Carolina; although the first loggerhead has already nested in Florida on March 20, it will be another week or two for us.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, I have attached Loggerheadlines (click here)– a publication of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Turtle Conservation Program.  These are the people that guide and oversee all that we do to preserve and protect the sea turtles. 

Be safe-

All the best,

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org


From: Andrea Siebold <andreabsiebold@gmail.com>
Date: April 6, 2020 at 9:49:43 AM CDT
Subject: Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Nest Adoption

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Nest Update for the 2020. It is very exciting to watch the progress of these amazing endangered species on Hilton Head Island – from nesting to hatching.  We hope that you enjoy the experience of being an adoptive “parent” to babies like this:

Baby Sea Turtle

Loggerhead sea turtle mothers come ashore on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, from May to August every year to dig their nests and lay their eggs.  We are now awaiting their return to start the process all over again in a few months.    

Sea Turtle Mom

If you adopt a nest or are a new adoptive “parent” we will keep you updated by email on the progress of your adopted nest and the Hilton Head Island Sea Turtles in general throughout the season.

Nest adoptions help provide the Coastal Discovery Museum with funds to educate area students, residents and visitors, as well as interested people from around the world, on the precious sea turtles of Hilton Head Island.  Welcome to the 2020 sea turtle season – more details to follow shortly!

Sincerely,

Andrea

Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum

843-415-2211

andreabsiebold@gmail.com

www.coastaldiscovery.org