The mission of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program (SSBTWP) is to record nesting sites, move
nests that may be threatened by animals or water, record turtle
hatches, and assist hatchlings as they attempt to reach the ocean.
The turtle watch program is staffed by volunteers that walk the
beach every morning, sit at nests when the hatchlings are ready to
emerge, and conduct informational and educational programs.
The informational programs - named "Turtle Time" - are free
at 7 pm on Sunday evenings beginning in June and running during the nesting months at the Sunset Properties Parking lot - weather permitting. Educational programs are available on request.
Loggerhead sea turtles are some of the most common visitors
to the North Carolina Beaches. Although their population is
more stable than that of other sea turtles, the Loggerhead
is still considered a "threatened" species. This status
grants protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Click HERE to view the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol Presentation (PPT Format).