Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol  

If you see nesting, hatching, or stranded sea turtles, call the EI Police non-emergency number at: 252-354-2021

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PLEASE NOTE: We do not disclose the specific locations of the nest for the safety of the turtles. But if you should see a nest while walking on the beach, respect it from outside the protection tape, and if we are sitting waiting for the nest to hatch, please join us.

We are authorized to operate as the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol by the NCWLRC.

2018 Nesting Season - Number of Nests: 13


Keep Emerald Isle Clean:

Saturday, November 10, 2018 starting at 10 am

The focus of the clean-up program is to collect trash along the beach shore up to the sand dunes. We will cover two 1-mile beach areas. You select the beach area of your choice. Starting time for both locations is 10 a.m. We should be done with the clean-up by noon.

  • Eastern Regional Access to Howe Street - Free Parking. Please check-in with Dale who will be on-site to disburse supplies.
  • Channel Drive to the Point - There is a small public parking area on Coast Guard Road. Carpooling is strongly recommended. Please check-in with Ruthie who will be on-site to disburse supplies.
To get involved or if you have questions:                 Email Us

Thanksgiving Parade
EI Sea Turtle Patrol Float
November 24, 2018

Creating the EI Sea Turtle Patrol float every year for the Thanksgiving parade is great fun. There is no better way to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving than watching the parade or joining us on the float throwing out candy to spectators.

EI Annual Sea Turtle Patrol Meeting
April 14, 2018, 10 am - 1 pm
EI Rec Center

The annual EI Sea Turtle Patrol Meeting is held in April. Come to the meeting to learn more about the program, meet the zone coordinators, and sign up to become part of our team.

EI St. Patrick's Day Festival
March 17, 2018

Every March at Emerald Isle's signature event, the St. Patrick's Festival, the EI Sea Turtle Patrol has a booth. We have information on sea turtles, tell you how you can get involved, and raffle off door prizes.

EI Marathon
March 10, 2018

EI Sea Turtle Patrol hands out water and encourages runners during the Emerald Isle Marathon. The marathon is held every spring and raises money for two great causes each year. In 2018, the money raised benefited the EI bike path and also Little Pink Houses of Hope, an organization devoted to providing assistance to breast cancer victims and their families.

About EI Sea Turtle Patrol

The main objective of the Emerald Isle Sea Turtle Patrol (EISTP) is to oversee and monitor the safety, process, and progress of sea turtles and their nests during the sea turtle nesting season (1 May – 30 Sep) over a 13-mile beach shoreline. The EISTP is sanctioned by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and is a non-profit organization with a 5-Member Board Committee for budgetary manners. The EISTP is a volunteer-based organization and does not discriminate against any gender, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or religion. All volunteers must be 18 years or older to participate as a volunteer.

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