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Thanks!   --Susan

Latest Blog Entries:
- Jun 15, 17 - Our Team Grows Again!
- Apr 15, 17 - Great spring on St. George!
- Mar 25, 16 - Same Happy Faces, Same Great Service, Brand New Office!!
- Dec 16, 15 - Winter Time at the Beach
- Aug 22, 15 - Go Big at the Beach!
- Mar 05, 15 - Best real estate deal in Apalachicola
- Jan 15, 15 - Best real estate deal on St. George Island
- Sep 24, 14 - Releasing Re-habbed Kemps Ridley Turtles on St. George Island
- Jun 05, 14 - Yes, the Beach is Lovely, but Oh the Bay, the Bay
- Apr 09, 14 - St. George Island Cottage Getaway
- Dec 28, 13 - Year End Stats
- Oct 12, 13 - Palm Beach Celebration!
- Jun 27, 13 - The next best thing about red snapper....
- Jun 26, 13 - Snapper fishin' w Grayson Shepard
- Jun 20, 13 - Beachfront beauty on St. George Island
- May 29, 13 - Full moon rising
- May 20, 13 - Lighthouse on St. George Island
- May 15, 13 - Plein Air 2013 on the Forgotten Coast
- Feb 09, 13 - Recap of 2012 sales
- Dec 27, 12 - Real estate is moving on St. George Island
- Nov 28, 12 - Open house was great!
- Nov 17, 12 - Open House for the office
- Jun 30, 12 - Sea cucumbers
- Jun 27, 12 - Update from St. George Island, post TS Debby
- Jun 27, 12 - Beach shots pre and post TS Debby
- Jun 27, 12 - An Apple office, by candle light
- Oct 11, 11 - What a year
- Oct 10, 11 - Looking for MDs on St. George Island, Apalachicola, Franklin County, Florida
- Oct 05, 11 - Wakulla Springs day trip
- Nov 16, 10 - End of season Report on sea turtles on St. George Island
- Oct 19, 10 - Foreclosures on St. George Island
- Jul 22, 10 - Reopening fishing
- Jul 18, 10 - No oil on St. George Island
- May 03, 10 - First Turtle Walk of the Season (for me) on St. George Island
- Apr 19, 10 - Should you go for a short sale?
- Apr 19, 10 - What season are the bugs out on St. George?
- Nov 21, 09 - What is selling in Three Hundred Ocean Mile on St. George Island?
- Nov 09, 09 - Tropical Storm Ida NOT
- Oct 21, 09 - Commercial property in Apalachicola, for developers
- Oct 16, 09 - Last turtle nest of the season for me
- Oct 16, 09 - Does THREE make a trend?
- Sep 11, 09 - What's selling on St. George Island
- Sep 11, 09 - What's selling on St. George Island, continued
- Sep 01, 09 - Snow sand from Claudette
- Sep 01, 09 - Bottle on the beach
- Sep 01, 09 - Terns on St. George Island
- Sep 01, 09 - Turtle nest do's and don't's on St. George Island
- Sep 01, 09 - Turtle nest do's and don't's on St. George Island, continued
- Jun 29, 09 - Sea turtle visit at dawn
- Jun 29, 09 - Sea turtle visit at dawn, more pictures
- Jun 01, 09 - Dawn with the birds on St. George Island
- Jun 01, 09 - Short Sales on St. George Island
- May 24, 09 - What is selling on St. George Island?
- May 24, 09 - What's selling in Apalachicola?
- May 21, 09 - beach find demystified on St. George Island
- May 21, 09 - First turtle nest on St. George Island
- May 21, 09 - Sunrises on St. George Island
- May 16, 09 - Beach find on St. George Island
- Apr 26, 09 - Ground level, St. George Island
- Apr 26, 09 - St. George beach visitors
- Apr 26, 09 - Up 65
- Mar 29, 09 - I'm baaackkk
- Jan 27, 09 - Time to get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged?
- Jan 19, 09 - Cash flow neutral on St. George Island???
- Jan 13, 09 - Cement block houses on St. George Island
- Jan 06, 09 - Beachfront on St. George Island for under $1M
- Jan 05, 09 - Trip to Black's Island
- Jan 01, 09 - Price it right, and they will come....St George Island and Dog Island real estate bargains
- Jan 01, 09 - St. George Island Lighthouse in autumn sun
- Dec 17, 08 - Bay front real estate on St. George Island
- Dec 10, 08 - Continuing autumn color, north Florida panhandle style
- Dec 05, 08 - A LOT of value on LOTS on St. George Island
- Dec 02, 08 - Excellent closing in St. George Island's Plantation
- Nov 04, 08 - St. George Island real estate is selling!
- Oct 31, 08 - Fall in northwest Florida panhandle
- Oct 22, 08 - Final turtle report of the season for St. George Island
- Oct 07, 08 - St. George Island turtle season comes to an end for 2008
- Sep 22, 08 - Another storm skirts by us on St. George Island
- Sep 22, 08 - The sky, the sky, above beautiful St. George Island
- Sep 22, 08 - More stuff on the St. George Island beaches
- Sep 22, 08 - And, flowers, both common and weird, on St. George Island
- Sep 22, 08 - Good St. George Island end-of-year real estate deals are EVERYWHERE
- Sep 05, 08 - Vacant lots for sale on St. George Island
- Sep 04, 08 - Beach stuff after the storm on St. George Island
- Sep 01, 08 - High surf on St. George Island post Gustav
- Aug 31, 08 - High surf on St. George Island before Gustav
- Aug 20, 08 - Townhome on the East End on St. George Island for sale
- Aug 20, 08 - Offers being floated for St. George Island real estate....
- Aug 19, 08 - More waterspouts on St. George Island - no damage
- Aug 18, 08 - What IS this bug???
- Aug 17, 08 - Power on its way back on for St. George Island + nest evaluations
- Aug 15, 08 - Waterspout takes out four power poles on St. George Island
- Aug 12, 08 - Another nice listing on St. George Island for under $300K
- Aug 11, 08 - What is under contract right now on St. George Island?
- Aug 09, 08 - Dolphins feeding in the quiet waters off St. George Island
- Aug 06, 08 - A house on St. George Island for under $300K??
- Aug 05, 08 - Adele Hungerford, interior design QUEEN
- Aug 03, 08 - The longest crawl yet
- Aug 02, 08 - Another lucky day + bayside real estate picks on St. George Island
- Aug 01, 08 - Sections of St.George Island
- Jul 31, 08 - A stormy sunrise and a lucky find on St. George Island
- Jul 30, 08 - Five homes on St. George Island for under $500K
- Jul 29, 08 - Counting and recording data on sea turtles on St. George Island
- Jul 28, 08 - Beach access on St. George Island + hatchout!
- Jul 26, 08 - Short sales and foreclosures on St. George Island
- Jul 25, 08 - St. George Island real estate and sea turtles?

Final turtle report of the season for St. George Island

10/22/08


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I evaluated the last sea turtle nest left on St. George Island a couple of weeks ago, turned in my last data sheet, and our volunteer coordinator, Bruce Drye, tallied all the results for the 2008 sea turtle nesting season on St. George Island. About 15 volunteers worked on dawn patrol this year, marking nests, evaluating nests, recording the data of hatched eggs and unhatched eggs, and releasing babies left behind in the nest after hatching.

Here are the basics:

As a group, we found and marked 168 nests this year, all loggerhead sea turtles, from the entrance to the State Park down to Sikes Cut. This is the highest number of recorded nests since we began keeping daily records in 1998. Numbers were high all over Florida, as well as in Georgia and the Carolinas.

St. George Island had the most nests in the Florida panhandle of any other beach, and our nests were concentrated inside the Plantation, on the western end of the island. Little St. George, the next island to our west, had about 40 nests, which is high for them, too.

We also had 155 false crawls, turtle crawls that were noted on the dawn patrols and did *not* have nests associated with them. No one really knows why turtles sometimes crawl up and back out without leaving a nest, but they do. Sometimes you will find a nest a little further down the beach on the same morning, which could mean that same turtle decided to come in at a little different place to lay her nest - she didn't choose to make a nest at the other crawl for some reason. But, we really don't know. We just record the data, and report it.

Of the 168 marked nests, 82 were washed away in high surf, typically the ones that were laid very low on the beach, near the water. But, we did have a couple of storms pass close enough by us in the bay to get some really high surf, which got even mid-beach nests.

The other 86 nests hatched, with varying degrees of success. Overall, during nest evaluations, we counted 9491 eggs, of which 8010 were hatched eggs, meaning we had a huge number of babies on the beach this year!

The sad fact is that 20 of those nests disoriented to lights, both of beachfront homes and businesses in the center of the island, whose lights collectively are a real problem. 1626 hatchlings were disoriented to lights, and most of them likely did not not make it to the water. We have to all work harder to bring this number to ZERO - disorientation to lights is a totally human-caused phenomenon, and incredibly easy to eliminate, just takes the flick of a switch, changing out light fixtures for turtle-friendly ones, and a determination to keep our beaches dark at night. Lighting needs to be focused on where we humans need it, and away from where it hurts our sea turtles.

Bruce also gave weekly talks about sea turtles to locals and visitors alike, and almost 500 people attended those talks. The more information we can get out to our visitors and residents about protecting sea turtles, turning off lights on the beach, taking their things in off the beach at night, and reducing or eliminating the use of plastics that end up in the water, the better. Hats off to Bruce for a great series of talks.

Thanks to fellow volunteer Steve Harris for the baby turtle picture above - a great shot of a rare daytime emergence of babies from the nest.

The 2009 turtle season on St. George Island cranks back up in May, when the mother turtles begin to crawl up to lay their nests again - I can't wait!

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