Folly Beach Renourishment Project and Sea Turtles

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The $18 million Folly Beach Renourishment project got underway in late February when the contractor, Gator Dredging, began pumping sand from the Stono Inlet onto the 35 acre Bird Key Stono Seabird Sanctuary. After completing Bird Key in early March, Gator began renourishing Folly Beach beginning at the terminal groin in Folly Beach County Park […]

The Return Of The Sea Turtles

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Sunglasses ✅ Turtle egg vial ✅ Nest probe ✅ SCDNR permit ✅ No-see-um spray ✅ Litter collection bag ✅. It’s 6 am. The sun is rising. Ghost crabs scurry about sensing the approaching daylight. And the Folly Beach Turtle Watch (FBTW) volunteers are ready to begin their daily patrol of Folly Beach’s 7.4 miles of […]

Folly Beach Turtle Watch Program: August Update

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We finished July with 117 nests. Nesting has slowed down considerably. We don’t always get nests in August and when we do, they are frequently “wild” nests. A wild nest is a previously undetected nest. Usually they occur where earlier in the season we investigated a turtle crawl and possible nest but we were unable […]

Folly Beach Sea Turtle Update: July 2023

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We finished the first half of July with nests 108 and 109. This makes 2023 our #2 year in nests, surpassing the 108 nests in 2013; and second only to the banner year of 2019 that set records for everyone in South Carolina (Folly Beach had 145). We still have not had any of our […]

Folly Turtle Watchers Treated to Rare Daytime Nesting Event

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Last week, residents of Folly Beach were treated to an extraordinary sight as they witnessed a sea turtle nesting during the daytime, a rare occurrence. Sea turtles, such as loggerheads, greens, and leatherbacks, usually choose the safety of darkness to come ashore for nesting. By engaging in nocturnal behavior, they effectively evade predators and shield […]