Two sea turtle nest excavations will take place over Labor Day Weekend

Two Park Rangers counting egg shells and digging down into a sea turtle nest in the sand. [Courtesy NPS/P. Vankevich]

According to an update from Cape Hatteras National Seashore, two public sea turtle nest excavations are set to take place during Labor Day Weekend along the Outer Banks.

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The first excavation will begin Sunday, September 4, at 10:00am on Hatteras Island (park in the Buxton Lifeguard Beach lot). Nest location: 0.05 miles south of the Buxton Lifeguard stand.

The second excavation will occur on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, at 9:00am on Ocracoke Island (park at Pony Pen Beach Access lot). Nest location: 0.03 miles South of Pony Pen Beach Access ramp.

Those who attend will be able to watch Park biologists dig up a recently hatched nest and inventory what’s inside. They will count empty eggshells, collect unhatched eggs, and occasionally find live and/or dead hatchlings during these excavations.

While the biologists perform their examination of the nest, a park ranger will present a program on sea turtles and share what the biologists have found.

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For more information and to learn about additional upcoming public nest excavations, call our sea turtle nest excavation hotline at 252-475-9629.

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