Due to the unusual cool and rainy summer weather, the Sept. 3 Turtle Trek was rescheduled for Sat., Sept. 26, 2009 at 12:30PM at Lieutenant’s Island in Wellfleet at Cape Cod. The new date turned out to be a beautiful and glorious day to be out on the beach searching for turtle hatchlings. Don Lewis and his wife, environmentalists that work for the National Marine Life Center (NMLC), volunteered to lead the expedition and provide us with information about saving the turtles. We were amazed at all the baby turtles that we found! We were able to hold turtle eggs and watch turtles hatch right in the palm on our hands! Don Lewis will take back the turtles to his sunroom in his house and care for them until they are ready to be released back into the wild at the site of their original eggs. This project has proven to give the turtles an edge and increase the number of turtles that survive. In the wild, left alone, the turtles chance of survival is 1/1000. The children and their families were very happy to be a part of the “Saving the Turtles” project. Many thanks to Don Lewis and his wife and the NMLC for sharing this wonderful experience with Catching Joy!!!
September 26, 2009, NMLC Turtle Trek at Lieutenant's Island at Wellfleet, Cape Cod