We are Sea Turtle Patrol HHI! Our organization is comprised of volunteers under the direction of SCDNR (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources) permit holder for Hilton Head Island, Amber Kuehn, and we patrol the beach beginning May 1st until the end of hatching season, which is in October, protecting our local sea turtle population and helping in any way we can.
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.
The Sea Turtle Patrol staff are comprised of a group of individuals that start off by volunteering in other areas of sea turtle conservation.
These opportunities are made available through a cooperative group called Turtle Trackers, an island wide organization consisting of multiple chapters.
To learn more about how you can volunteer and help, please visit their website by clicking the link below!