Fripp Island Annual Project Report for the2000 nesting season
  1. Nesting
    • Coverage
      Our two miles of nestable beach was divided into two equal zones and covered by foot patrol.
      Each team consisted of two to three volunteers and was given the responsibility of patrolling a specific zone.
    • Locating/Relocating;
      Track observations were used to discover body pits which were then probed with a wooden dowel. Hand digging was used to expose the top layer of eggs for verification.
      The determination to relocate the nest and selection of the new location was made using the Nest Relocation Decision Tree as supplied by SCDNR.
      Nests were moved only when perceived that they would be completely destroyed and to the next best available site closest to the original nest location .
    • Marking Nests;:
      The body pit was delimited by three or four stakes linked together with flagging tape. A wooden nest marker was placed 10"-12" shore side of the nest chamber.
      Using an indelible marking pen the nest number, date, # eggs if known or I.S. if not relocated, Zone and volunteers initials.
    • Nest Monitoring;
      Nests were monitored during the course of the daily patrols.
      Information as to signs of predation, overwash and incubation were reported through the use of a centrally located log book.

  2. Hatching
  3. Problems
  4. Education
  5. Project Organization
  6. Concerns /Recommendations