Tag: Pringle

Aug 30 2018

Why Our Leatherback Eggs Did Not Hatch

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Photos by Barb Bergwerf Many people have asked how the Leatherback nest laid in Wild Dunes did. Unfortunately the inventory conducted on August 10 when it was 73 days old and overdue showed that none of the 95 large eggs showed any sign of embryonic development. While …

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Aug 24 2018

Sea Turtle CSI At Its Best

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News One of the most interesting things we get to do as Turtle Team members is to investigate the “scene of the crime” where a turtle has laid her eggs on the beach. We study the field signs to see where the eggs might be hidden, and we …

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Aug 07 2018

No Way To Lay A Nest

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News When a female loggerhead sea turtle is ready to lay her eggs, she follows a very set group of instinctive behaviors. She looks from the surf to make sure there are no lights on the beach before crawling ashore. This is a very stressful undertaking and requires …

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Jul 23 2018

Young Mourning Dove Almost Ready To Fledge

By Mary Pringle for Island Eye News What to do if you find a baby songbird on the ground: If it has feathers, it might be almost ready to fly. It is not good to take it away from its parents if it is healthy. You should pick up the bird and do NOT worry …

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Jul 20 2018

Strange But True Facts About Sea Turtles

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Photos by Barb Bergwerf Hot chicks and cool dudes. The sex of sea turtles is determined by the temperature in the middle third of the incubation time under the sand. The pivotal temperature for loggerheads is about 84 degrees Fahrenheit – above this for females and below …

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Jul 09 2018

Rent A Boat/Save A Turtle

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News “Rent a Boat/Save a Turtle” – this is what Adrian Honeycutt of Phoenix, AZ said after the experience her family had on Capers Island on June 20. She and her husband and children were visiting here with relatives on Daniel Island and Summerville and rented a boat …

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Jun 20 2018

Where Have All The Turtles Gone?

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Last year by mid June the Island Turtle Team had recorded close to 30 nests – 24 on the Isle of Palms and 5 on Sullivan’s Island. By July 1 there were 47 nests on these two islands. But it is quite a different story this season. …

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Jun 05 2018

Leatherback Turtle Nests On Isle Of Palms

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Photos by Barbara Bergwerf For the first time in recorded history a leatherback turtle nested on the Isle of Palms on May 29. Every spring there are a few leatherback nests in the state. So our Turtle Team has always hoped to have one, and it finally …

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Oct 03 2017

Nesting Season Starts And Ends With A Bang

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News Photos by Barb Bergwerf This season got off to a very exciting start with the Isle of Palms having the first nest north of Florida. It was also our earliest nest and the first one documented by us in April. And at this time the Sullivan’s Island …

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Sep 19 2017

Plastics In The Ocean Endanger Marine Animals

By Mary Pringle for The Island Eye News The Sea Turtle Care Center at the South Carolina Aquarium admitted a small green sea turtle they called Gill on April 4. This turtle was weak and debilitated. Several weeks later Gill passed a four-inch piece of latex balloon out of his digestive tract. Eighteen turtles admitted …

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