By Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol for The Island Connection
As of July 21, the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol’s nest count for 2022 currently sits at 452.
July typically marks the start of the season for hatching. Be sure to check the Town’s social media pages every Tuesday for all things turtle related.
The Town will be sharing pictures, information, and updates from KITP every Tuesday of each week.
Help protect turtles by remembering:
• Never harass, touch or disturb hatchlings or eggs.
• Take all items with you when you leave the beach (chairs, coolers, trash) and fill in your holes, as these can be significant hurdles for turtles.
• Lights out for Turtles! May – October, all outdoor lighting facing the beachfront should be turned off from 9 p.m. to dawn. Artificial light (flashlights, cell phone lights, etc.) on our beach can cause nesting females to abandon nesting attempts and disorient hatchlings as they make their way to the ocean.
Red lighting is much more sea-turtle friendly, but even red lights should never be shined directly at a nesting female or a hatchling. Free red flashlight filters are available at the Municipal Center.
Each year, nesting efforts are monitored by the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol, a group of dedicated volunteers.
Unfortunately, there are no volunteer openings for Turtle Patrol this year. For the 2023 season, a call for volunteers will begin in January 2023.