NEST finds second sea turtle nest of season

By on June 6, 2024

Photos by N.E.S.T. (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles)
Photos by N.E.S.T. (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles)
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Volunteers relocate nest away from the tide line

NEST, the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, posted this report on June 6 about the discovery of the second nest it its territory this season.

We had our second sea turtle nest of the season in the area that NEST patrols today‚ÄĒit was in the Town of Duck, and it was another Loggerhead mom‚Äôs nest.

The mom’s tracks were spotted by eagle-eye Len Schmitz out on his first-ever NEST morning ATV patrol. From there, the dedicated NEST volunteers, led today by the very experienced Susan Silbernagel, identified the likely egg chamber location, started gently digging, and quickly found the nest.

The only challenge was that the Loggerhead mom had laid the nest really close to the water, where repeated ocean overwash was a certainty. So Susan made the call to relocate the nest further from the tide line, near the dune line. The volunteers carefully removed the 90 eggs and relocated them to a nest (at the same sand depth, and in a chamber of the same width) closer to the dune.

It took a little extra time, but we need to give these endangered sea animals their best chance for safe emergence in about 60 days.

Of course, the team also put the temperature loggers in‚ÄĒone inside the new nest, and one outside, to check temperature differentials that can later indicate hatching-related activity. And the team put up the poles and twine to protect the nest, together with the sign providing passersby with links to sea turtle nest info.

Many thanks to Len, Susan, and the entire NEST response team for their great work.

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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: RooÔ¨Āng

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 for more information.

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


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