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Pre-Irene Evacuations
With Hurricane Irene approaching North Carolina's coast, it was time to evacuate a several sea turtle nests, or face losing the hatchlings to drowning.
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Excavating Turtle Nests 7, 8 and 9
Turtle conservationist Jackie Orsulak reports on the excavation of the "triplets"—three nests in a special holding area near Nags Head, North Carolina.
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Monitoring Sea Turtle Nest #3
Jackie Orsulak of NEST is monitoring several sea turtle nests on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including a nest laid in Duck, NC—a very unusual occurrence since it is so far north. UPDATE: Hatching season started up in early August 2011. Be sure to see the Nest #3 Final Update for the latest news on that nest.
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2011 Sea Turtle Season Wrapping Up
UPDATED 24 August 2011: Three nests in the Kill Devil Hills holding area boiled, with nearly 300 hatchlings making it to the ocean! The sea turtle season on North Carolina's Outer Banks normally draws to a close this time of year. However, there's still a lot of excitement ahead, including a later-than-usual nest and the upcoming hatching of three relocated nests now in a protected holding area.
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Nest #3 Final Update
Nest #3 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina held Jackie Orsulak's interest all summer. The nest hatched on 5 August 2011 and was excavated on 9 August.
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Outer Banks Sea Turtle Update: October 2010
Overall, the Outer Banks of North Carolina enjoyed a successful sea turtle season. Some of the biggest surprises came at the end of the summer, however—including the discovery of three nests that hatched out right before Hurricane Earl passed by the region.
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Outer Banks Sea Turtle Update: August 2010
Sea turtle activity on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is increasing. There was a rare daytime hatching on Nest #1, and Nest#2—a rare Kemp's ridley nest—yielded just six hatchlings. But, there are more nests to come!
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Two Nests, One Big Surprise in NC
The first nests of the 2010 sea turtle season on the Outer Banks of North Carolina were very special. This is the earliest nesting season in recent memory and, perhaps most importantly, the Outer Banks is hosting a Kemp's ridley nest—the first since 2003.
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Monitoring Sea Turtles with Google Earth
FieldTripEarth works with researchers at Thailand's TurtleWatch to monitor the locations of three satellite-tagged sea turtles released on 15 February 2010. You can use Google Earth to monitor their movements and better understand the migration patterns of each turtle.
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Turtle Nest Summary for 2009
NEST volunteer Jackie Orsulak reviews the 2009 sea turtle nesting season on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There weren't a lot of nests this year, but each one had a special story.
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