Nesting dwindles

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Linda Oneal, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer, counts eggshells Sept. 17 from an excavated sea turtle nest in the nursery area near Peppertree Lane in Anna Maria, where 18 of 349 nests laid in 2020 remained to hatch as of Sept. 23. Volunteers wait 72 hours after a nest hatches, then dig out the nest to determine how many eggs hatched, didn’t hatch or if there are dead or live hatchlings. Islander Photos: Courtesy AMITW
A loggerhead hatchling scurries Sept. 17 toward the Gulf of Mexico. Nesting and hatching activity runs May-October. As of Sept. 27, AMITW reported 278 hatched nests, with about 19,053 hatchlings making their way to the sea.