Nesting Sea Turtle Obstacle Course

May 1st was the first official day of nesting season. We found no sea turtle crawls, but we did find a “Nesting Sea Turtle Obstacle Course.” The nesting moms must first navigate the 4-foot wide and 4-foot deep “Sea-Turtle-Killing Hole,” and then escape the “Sea-Turtle-Trapping Snow Fencing.”

People often ask how they can help prevent endangered and threatened sea turtles from going extinct. One way is to help us protect their nesting habitat. Spread the word. Help us educate people. 

If you dig a hole on the beach, fill it in before you leave and ask others nicely to do the same. 

Snow fencing has never worked to build a dune (it’s purported purpose) on our beach. What works much better is planting sea oats. Encourage your friends and neighbors to spend their money on planting sea oats instead of erecting snow fencing. 

Not only are sea oats more effective at capturing sand and building a dune on our beach, but they do not obstruct nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. 

Sea oats grow with age and work even better. Their roots help hold the dune in place. Snow fencing gets old and falls down with age. When it gets hit by waves from a storm, it washes out, takes the dune with it, and litters the beach. 

I wish the sea oat salesmen were as convincing as the snow fence peddlers!