Nest Activity

 

THE 2019 NESTING SEASON OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF ON APRIL 1ST!!

NO NEST HAVE BEEN LAID ON SOUTH PADRE ISLAND TO DATE

South Padre Island is part of the only nesting beach in the world for the critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle. Sea Turtle, Inc. runs the conservation efforts for the Kemp's ridley on the South Padre Island & Boca Chica beaches annually. The nesting season typically begins in Early April and continues into August. We offer public releases of hatchlings mostly in the months of June, July & August. Below is a chart that is updated during the nesting season.

 

 


 

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Nesting Activity for Current and Past Seasons

 

2019 Nesting Season

 

Nest Number Date Found Number of Eggs Adopted By: Estimated Hatching Dates Actual Hatch Date Number of Hatchlings Released
N1 The Galloway/Palmer Nest
N2 Taken
N3 Cody & Nick Elkins
N4 Farnik Family Nest
N5 Yest Nest
N6 Lucy's Best Nest Ever
N7 Hope Starts Here
N8 "The Holmes' Bale of Ohtohime"
N9 Logan Jerrick
N10 Doug & Dara's Nest
N11 Sea Turtles Forever
N12 The Turtle Squad
N13 Squirt
N14 Kimchi
N15 The Elkins Family
N16 Collier Family Turtle Nest
N17 Chryst Nest
N18 Gallagher Nest
N19 Matthew Smith Family
N20 Rori's Nest Family
N21 Paws & Effect
N22 Terri's Turtles
N23 Dunn Nest
N24 Molly's Nest
N25 C&M Nest
N26 The Jensen Family
N27
Betty's Babies (In loving Memory of Betty Rupp 1961-2018)
N28 Ava's Babies
N29 PAGES
N30 Mighty 90
N31 Jayme Ostos
N32 Ostos Family
N33 The Jersey Crew
N34 Aly's Babies
N35 Living Only Love Sanctuary
N36 The Sahl Gang
N37 Love's Gift
N38 Keely Kiser
N39 Jose, Vance, Stacey
N40 CONNOLLY CREW
N41 Barbara St Germaine
N42
N43
N44
N45
N46
N47
N48
N49
N50
N51 Grace Chambliss
N52
N53
N54 The Block Family Nest
N55
N56
N57
N58

 

 

2018Nesting Season

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2017 Nesting Season

 

2017 Nesting Season

March 30, 2017 Earliest recorded nest ever found in Texas!!
May 15, 2017 The largest Kemp's ridley nest was found with 132 eggs!
May 26, 2017 The first nest hatched and was released.
Aug 31, 2017 Last hatchlings were released
Grand Totals: Number of Nests found: 100 (An SPI record!!)
Number of eggs laid: 9244
Number of hatchlings released: 7865
Hatching Success Rate: 85.0%
93 nests were laid by Kemp's ridleys, 6 green, 1  loggerhead

 

2016 Nesting Season

2016 Nesting Season

April 22, 2016 First nest was found on South Padre Island
May 26, 2016 The largest Kemp's ridley nest was found with 127 eggs!
June 13, 2016 The first nest hatched and was released.
Aug 15, 2016 Last hatchlings were released
Grand Totals: Number of Nests found: 73
Number of eggs laid: 6774
Number of hatchlings released: 5741
Hatching Success Rate: 85.9%
72 nests were laid by Kemp's ridleys, 1  loggerhead

 

2015 Nesting Season

2015 Nesting Season

April 24, 2015 First nest was found on South Padre Island
April 28, 2015 The largest Kemp's ridley nest was found with 119 eggs!
June 21, 2015 The first nest hatched and was released.
Aug 3, 2015 Last hatchlings were released
Grand Totals: Number of Nests found: 36
Number of eggs laid: 3259
Number of hatchlings released: 2489
Hatching Success Rate: 76.4%
34 nests were laid by Kemp's Ridleys, 2 were loggerhead

 

2014 Nesting Season