July nesting starts with ‘miracle turtle’


This female nesting turtle was discovered at 10:15 a.m.; it is very unusual for a turtle to be nesting in daytime.

Courtesy of Jessica McKenzie
Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

A turtle patrol volunteer and several lucky visitors had a rare sight last week as July sea turtle nesting got underway.

About 300 yards south of Dunes Drive, Jessica McKenzie, coordinator for the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol, came upon a female loggerhead directly in front of Windward Street on the peninsula.

“She was just digging her egg chamber when I got to her,” McKenzie wrote in an email to volunteers.

In theory, it would not be unusual for a turtle patrol volunteer to find a nesting female turtle.

Save for the time of day – 10:15 a.m. ET.

While observing a female turtle nesting in the daytime is not unique, it is hardly common, said Tom Baird.

Baird is part of the same turtle patrol group which McKenzie coordinates and also writes a bi-monthly column on the outdoors for this newspaper.

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