Volunteers under the direction of SCDNR (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources) permit holder for Hilton Head Island, Amber Kuehn, patrol the beach beginning May 1st until the end of hatching season. Each morning, the patrol searches the beach for nesting loggerhead tracks, identifies nests, and marks them with poles. The nests are monitored for hatching after 45 days of incubation. When hatchlings emerge from the nest, the date is recorded and 3 days pass before the nest is inventoried. The contents of the nest will be counted and categorized.