WWP Island Blog

Sea Turtle Protection Program

May 23, 2017

The sea turtle life here on Bald Head is part of what makes this Island so special. Females come to our beaches from May to August to lay their nests, and hatchlings make their journey to the sea from July to September. Turtle season 2017 has begun! The BHI Conservancy has spotted two nests laid on Bald Head. The Conservancy has a Sea Turtle Protection Program that helps to ensure the safety of these endangered creatures, and there are ways that you can help.


How can I help the sea turtles?

  • Stop by the Conservancy for some red cellophane to put over your flashlight. Turtles are disoriented by white light, but can’t see red light!
  • Fill in holes on the beach and pack up your beach equipment. Turtles can easily fall into holes or run into your beach gear if left overnight.
  • Always remember your reusable shopping bags to help reduce the use of plastic.
  • Participate in BHI Conservancy Programs – as a non-profit, all proceeds from programs go directly back to serving our mission of conservation, education, and preservation.
  • Adopt a sea turtle nest!
  • Attend excavations!  See our excavation schedule here.


Join the Sea Turtle Protection Program

  • Become a Nest Monitor  Email the Conservancy at email@bhic.org or stop by the Barrier Island Study Center for more information
  • Adopt a Nest  Visit the Adopt-A-Program page for more information

If you see a sea turtle on the beach, please call the BHIC’s Wildlife Emergency Hotline at 910-457-0089 x 5.

Thank you to the Bald Head Island Conservancy for all you do to preserve the nature of our Island we call home.

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