Watch for Turtle N.E.S.T.s in Duck, N.C.

The less-commercial beaches in the Outer Banks always require a little special attention and love for local wildlife, and some new signage will help you look out for endangered Sea Turtle nests.

So far the signs are at three Sound Sea Village Beach Accesses but they’ll be added by Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) volunteers to locations where mother turtles lay their nests throughout the season.

Keep an eye out for these signs when you’re heading to the beach in Duck, North Carolina:

NEST sign image

Some important turtle-saving tips are on these signs, including:

  • Take all chairs, canopies, and other items home at the end of your beach day
  • Level sand castles and fill in holes before leaving the beach
  • Dispose of trash properly
  • Reduce lights at night, including porch lights and spotlights
  • Keep dogs on leashes when near a posted nest

N.E.S.T. advises that if you see a turtle emerging from the ocean to lay eggs, stay quiet and keep a distance between you and the turtle, and if you see tracks, turtles, or nest disturbance activity, call the N.E.S.T. 24-hour hotline: 252.441.8622.

To learn more about turtle rescue and preservation, visit or follow them on Facebook at N.E.S.T. (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles). For additional information on the Town of Duck. please visit or call 252.261.1112.