Coming off a record-breaking turtle season last year, the Bald Head Island Conservancy is continuing its efforts to monitor and protect the loggerhead turtles who are returning to the island’s beaches this summer to lay eggs. Turtle walks for Conservancy members are still occurring, but with fewer nights, and smaller groups to better allow for social distancing. Face coverings are required. The Conservancy advises there are several things you can personally do to protect adult turtles and hatchlings.
- Only use red light when walking on the beaches at night, as white light can deter nesting turtles and disorient hatchlings.
- Turn off beachfront house lights for the same reason.
- Leave the beach as you found it, filling all holes and picking up trash. Holes are dangerous to nesting moms, hatchlings and the Conservancy’s UTVs.
- Keep your distance from adult sea turtles or hatchlings (it’s illegal to touch them!) and call the Conservancy at 910-457-0089 ext. 5 to report a nesting turtle.
You can also help by adopting a mom/nest and shopping in the Turtle Central Gift Shop, in person or online. Visit the Conservancy’s website to learn more.