Nest Excavations

Sea Turtles

Nest Excavations

Three days after a nest hatches, Conservancy staff will excavate the nest to take an inventory of the eggs and release any hatchlings that are still inside.

Unfortunately, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission is still not allowing the Conservancy to conduct public nest excavations throughout the summer of 2022. If this rule changes, we will be sure to let everyone know. 

If you encounter hatchlings emerging from a nest, please let us know! Call 910-457-0089 x 5

You can learn more about our Sea Turtle Protection Program here.

The Typical Lifecycle of a Sea Turtle


eggs per nest


days hatching


Days Excavation

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