Sunday, May 02, 2010
This morning's patrol -- my first turtle patrol of the year -- was fairly uneventful. Gray day, gray sea, foggy and humid, with very high surf which spilled across to the road in some areas as you can see.
Not far into Ft. Pickens Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore, areas where some of the endangered and threatened birds such as Piping Plovers are nesting have been sectioned off and posted.
If you click on the photo to enlarge it you can see that although this site is set back from the Gulf a hundred and fifty feet or more, the tide is high enough and the island low enough to experience a overwash at least a third of the way into the nesting area.
While the eggs/chicks can survive a short-lived/quickly draining overwash, visualize how an oily sheen washing across the same area might affect these eggs and tiny chicks.