What we do!
Starting in May, volunteers begin a dawn patrol of the beach searching for turtle crawls and possible nests. Once a sea turtle crawl is found, a team of turtle patrol volunteers assembles at the crawl location to find the eggs. If the nest is in an unsafe location, the nest will be carefully moved to a safer area on the beach. The nest site is then covered with a protective grating and marked off with stakes, ribbon and a warning sign. For the next 50-70 days of incubation the nest will be monitored for signs of an impending hatching. At that time, turtle patrol members will start a nightly watch on the nest until all of the hatchlings are released. The nest is then opened and an inventory is taken to account for any unhatched or non-fertile egg and insure that all live babies make it to the ocean. This process is repeated with each and every nest. The season ends in October when the last nest hatches.
Call our 24/7 Stranding Team at
Please only call this number for turtle emergencies!
Found a mother laying a nest? A stranded or injured sea turtle and/or unattended hatchlings? Call the HBTP Stranding Team at: 910-754-0766
This refrigerator magnet should be in every beach front home. If not contact your rental agent or any turtle patrol member you see on the beach.
T-Shirts now available by mail!
Even if you can't make it to Holden Beach this summer, you can own this year’s HBTP Shirt. The shirts are now available by mail.
Send your name, address, shirt size and check (sorry, we can't do credit cards) to:
Holden Beach Turtle Patrol
PO Box 487
Supply, NC 28462
New shirt prices and styles—we now have long sleeve shirts and hats:
Adults S-XL $17
2X and 3X $20
2xl and 3XL $25
Make checks payable to HBTP
For questions about shirts send us an email