Sea Turtles Nesting on Hilton Head Island 2020

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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!

“Take care of our world.”

~ Miss Andrea Siebold

November 6, 2020

Dear Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Friends,

The beach is empty – the tourists and the sea turtles have departed.  The 2020 hatching season has ended.   We had a great season!

291 Nests

33,379 eggs
25,390 hatched eggs

55.5 days average incubation duration

114.8 eggs average per nest

95.8% nest success

Thank you for sharing the sea turtle journey with us in 2020 – your interest and enthusiasm have been inspiring!  You are wonderful ambassadors to help save the sea turtles and our environment.

Our adopters came from almost every state in the US plus some providences in Canada.  You are all awesome!  This year’s adopters include:

  • Children and adults receiving birthday gift nests.
  • Couples anniversary gifts and new brides and grooms around the country becoming adoptive sea turtle parents.
  • Lost loved ones near and far honored with dedicated memorial nests.
  • Friends who travel around the world – and shared their experiences with us.
  • Book Groups
  • Mother and fathers who adopt for family members around the country so they can compare their nest success stats at the end of the season.
  • Grandparents who share in the joy of sea turtles with their grandchildren and continue the tradition of environmental stewardship and appreciation.
  • Realtors who adopt for their clients to share the lovely sentiment:

“Like the Sea Turtles that return to the island, it is our hope that will return to the Island again.” 

  • Plus countless others.

To our local sea turtle lovers, we say thanks – the amazing Sea Turtle Patrol who does the “heavy lifting” every morning starting at 5:00 am, the Turtle Trackers who help clean up the beach in the evenings, the beach walkers who share their joy and pictures of mothers or hatchling sightings.

Special thank you to our Man On The Beach (my husband, Steve).  He will be our eyes and ears for the 2021 season, therefore make sure you adopt for 2021 so you can follow along on his early morning adventures!

Thank you to the Coastal Discovery Museum staff who prepares and mails all of the certificates and shirts and who teach and inspire endless classes of school children, visitors, and locals.

A special thanks to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources who graciously provides us with the exciting details of each nest hatch.

A final thank you to our lovely Miss Andrea Siebold, who has shouldered the responsibility of keeping all adopters up to date and informed in her educational, entertaining way for the past 12 years.  I am humbled and blessed to follow in her footsteps and look forward to new educational, entertaining journeys with our amazing returning adopters and those new to the HHI sea turtle nest adopting experience.

The 2021 nest adoption form is on the museum website, plus I’ve included the form with this email.  Adoptions are already underway for next year so don’t delay to make sure you get the whole experience from the first momma sighting (around the end of April) to the last nest hatch (usually beginning of October)!

Because of our current pandemic situation, the Holiday Market at the Museum has been canceled, therefore I will be at the Farmers Market at the Museum on Tuesday, November 24 from 9 am to – 1 pm.  Come over and say Hi!

With thanks until next season –


Terri Johnson

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Coastal Discovery Museum



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Turtle Nest Update 2016 – Hilton Head Island

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August 23, 2016

Hi, Sea Turtle Friends

A few quick updates:

  1. We are settled in at 403 nests on the Hilton Head Island ocean beaches (one more very late arrival this week!).  There are several more nests along Port Royal Sound which will be added in for the final count.  However, we did have some excitement at one of the 75 day nests – there was one little hatchling found still in the nest – and it was an albino!!  Amazing – have never seen one before, but he is now swimming out in the ocean!

Albino Sea Turtle





  1. Flashlights and sea turtles:  regular flashlights on the beach at night will distract the sea turtle hatchlings from going to the ocean – they will immediately head toward the flashlight, and will not re-direct to the sea.  So, we need your help – if you see someone on the beach at night using a regular flashlight, please tell them to use a sea turtle friendly flashlight.  (Either covered in red or a special red light turtle-safe flashlight – various styles available at the museum or Amazon.)

No Lights




  1. I will write to you again in 3 weeks or so – by that time, we should have some DNA information to share!
  1. In the meantime, I will be keeping you informed about your particular nest.  Many of the nests have hatched (about 58% so far) but there are many more to go…….

Enjoy the end of the summer – and remember:  Lights out for Sea Turtles – including flashlights


Andrea B. Siebold

Sea Turtle Nest Adoption Coordinator

Hilton Head Island Sea Turtle Protection Project


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