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).
This conservation work for protected sea turtles on Sunset Beach is authorized by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (ES Permit 21ST04).
Click HERE to view the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol Presentation (PPT Format).
Watch this great video of an actual sea turtle boil! CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO
Watch this video about sea turtle migrations. CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO
Turtle Excluder Devices Save Sea Turtles by National Geographic
How to Help Beach Nesting Birds
|Click HERE to view a more information regarding how to help our local beach nesting birds (PDF format).|
|Click HERE to view a printable NC Birding Trail Map & Guide inside Sunset Beach! (PDF format).|
|Click HERE to view a printable Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter Newsletter! (PDF format). Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter is a non-profit wild bird rehabilitation organization located in Brunswick County,North Carolina and serving the surrounding areas. It was founded in 2007 to provide medical treatment forwild birds that are injured, sick, or orphaned.|
|Contact Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter's injured/sick bird line at (910) 294-2555.|