A Mother’s Day turtle tale on the National Seashore

By on May 13, 2023

Turtle tracks entering and exiting the ocean, turning around on shore. (NPS photo/ A. Walker)

This well-timed story about a Loggerhead laying the first nest of the season was reported by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on May 12.

Right on cue for Mother’s Day weekend, a Loggerhead Sea Turtle laid the first nest on the Seashore! On a routine patrol, Park Biologists found turtle tracks this morning on Ocracoke Island. After following the tracks and carefully digging in the sand, a nest with eggs was confirmed. After confirmation, the nest was covered back up, and rope fencing installed to protect the nest from being walked on or run over.

Please adhere to signage and nighttime driving restrictions along the Seashore as we share the beach with wildlife and provide them a safe nesting space.

The top of a sea turtle nest with eggs showing in the sand. (NPS photo/ A. Thompson)


Historical data for those interested:
  • 2022- First nest (Loggerhead) on May 20th, Ocracoke Island
  • 2021- First nest (Loggerhead) on May 14th, Ocracoke Island
  • 2020- First nest (Loggerhead) on May 17th, Hatteras Island

Outer Banks sea turtle nesting season is May through September. For more from Cape Hatteras National Seashore follow them on their Facebook page. To learn more about Sea Turtles visit Cape Hatteras Nation Seashore Sea Turtles.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • Paulsack

    With all these annoying ads, I thought this was obx today?

    Sunday, May 14 @ 8:16 am
  • Just a mom

    I just took time out of my day to see what kind of beautiful piece had been written about Mother’s Day on the Outer banks voice and was sorely disappointed. Nothing. No words of Grace or gratitude for the women who held life within them and then cared for it. The women for all of time each one so vital to the existence of the next. Nothing.
    I and many appreciate you XX born beings. You beautiful women!
    Thank you for the dedication and work you have done for not just today but for the future!
    ( I feel the same about Father’s Day)
    Perhaps a piece will be printed for the XY gender so I don’t have to complain and all I will have to do is say , along the lines of… great story , or fantastic piece …)
    So many things could have been written to honor mothers yet nothing

    Sunday, May 14 @ 9:17 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    We decided to honor turtle moms with a story this Mother’s Day.

    Sunday, May 14 @ 9:22 pm