Red Flashlights On The Beach

From May 1st through October 31st, sea turtles make Hilton Head Island their home. Many local sea turtles decide to pay their eggs on our beaches and soon after they start to hatch. According to the Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head, the group has found 134 total sea turtle nests on the island so far. Regular white lights can be distracting to newly hatched sea turtles and can deter them from finding their way into the ocean. It is strongly suggested that red-lights or orange-lights are used after dark. Outside Hilton Head can be found mid-island in The Plaza at …

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It is Sea Turtle Season!

The sea turtle nesting season starts Today, May 1st! The Sea Turtle Patrol operate under a permit issued by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. This means they are the only ones permitted to mark nests, move nests, record and transmit data, and handle/supervise all sea turtle activities. The Turtle Trackers are a sister organization who educate island guests and often serve as “hosts” on the beach to visitors looking for more information. As you visit or live on Hilton Head Island, please be aware of all signage regarding sea turtles and wildlife in general. There is a strict …

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Sea Turtles

The sea turtle nesting season starts on May 1st! The island is preparing and working hard in preparations. The Sea Turtle Patrol operate under a permit issued by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. This means they are the only ones permitted to mark nests, move nests, record and transmit data, and handle/supervise all sea turtle activities. The Turtle Trackers are a sister organization who educate island guests and often serve as “hosts” on the beach to visitors looking for more information. As you visit or live on Hilton Head Island, please be aware of all signage regarding sea …

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HH Turtle Trackers

  Have you heard about Turtle Trackers? Did you know there are over 350 turtle trackers on Hilton Head, many of whom are right here in Shipyard? In fact, the Shipyard chapter is in its fifth year this season. Sea Turtle nesting season begins in May. The Turtle Trackers are a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is “to assist with the preservation efforts for endangered sea turtles nesting on Hilton Head Island, and to educate the public for the protection of our sea turtle hatchlings heading to the ocean.” There are currently 6 chapters island-wide: Sea Pines (the founding chapter), …

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Update from Deputy Town Manager 10/30/2020

An Update from Deputy Town Manager Josh Gruber 10/30/2020 View a Video Update at https://www.youtube.com/watchv=gmd2eavN668&feature=emb_logo October 31 Marks Official End of Sea Turtle Nesting Season October 31 marks the official end of sea turtle nesting season. This year, the Hilton Head Sea Turtle Patrol reported nearly 46% fewer nests on Hilton Head Island beaches. They documented 291 nests for 2020 compared to 463 nests in 2019. They noted a 76% success rate with nest hatches. Unfortunately, 38 nests became misoriented due to violations with beachfront lighting. Beachfront lighting is an issue we are continuing to work on. Our Town Council’s …

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