posted: May 10, 2019, 5:12 PM

The first nest of 2019 on Holden Beach was found by our ATV rider yesterday morning (May 9). Yeah! It was behind the first dune in the 1300 block of Ocean Boulevard West. A volunteer team was called out and the nest was moved because it was so far back behind the dune the hatchlings would have a difficult time getting to the ocean. There were 126 eggs. A team will begin watching this nest in late June. Incubation usually takes 50-60 days---but the first nest of the season frequently takes longer. The season has started!

May 9 is the earliest nest in the past 14 years. See photo section for First Nest History.

Thanks to Anne Knowlson from Richmond, Virginia for these photos of nest #1.

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