What impacts loggerhead sea turtle hatch success?

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Georgia
EcologyData Science
DOI: 10.18258/10044
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Field Protocol

After a loggerhead nest is detected and confirmed by the presence of a clutch of eggs, all eggs are removed from the nest. Eggs are counted during removal and placed into a bucket with cool, wet sand. After all eggs have been removed, half are returned to the nest. At this point, a HOBO data logger is attached to a string and is placed into the nest. The remaining half of the eggs are replaced into the nest. The nest is then covered with sand. The data logger is set to record temperature in the nest every 30 minutes throughout incubation. 

Vegetation: A 1m X 1m quadrat with 100 sections is placed over the center of the nest and vegetation percent cover is counted. At the end of incubation, vegetation is counted in the same way and pictures are taken in order to identify established plant species.

Moisture: Moisture is measured using a Aquaterr EC-350 digital soil moisture, temperature, and salinity meter. Moisture is measured when the nest is discovered, periodically throughout incubation, and when nests are inventoried at the completion of incubation.

Tidal inundations: Every nest is checked daily throughout incubation. If a nest was washed over by any tide since it was last checked, the date of the inundation for that nest is recorded. 

Dune morphology: The dip and strike are recorded for the dune where each nest in the sample is located using a Brunton Induction-Damped Standard Pocket Transit.

Elevation: Elevation was measured using a RTK GPS system. 

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