Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest Sitting

Turtle Nest, by LouFCD on Flickr

Turtle Nest, by LouFCD on Flickr

I’ve been in the field a few times in the last several weeks. Though my classwork has me about buried, I really enjoy these little stress relievers where I can just enjoy the surroundings and take a few pictures. It started around Labor Day weekend, when I spent several nights sitting a nest of Loggerhead Sea Turtles down on North Topsail Beach. The turtles were due to hatch about any day, so I was very excited. Alas, they never did hatch out while I was there, but it was a relaxing time for the most part anyway.

In fact the Sea Turtle Hospital has no record of a hatch to date (nest 55). There are several possible reasons for that. They may have hatched during a storm while no one was looking, with the storm erasing every trace of their leaving the nest. That happens sometimes. The turtles could have been drowned by a storm as they were hatching, too. Also, while the possibility exists that this was a false nest, the Sea Turtle Hospital folks were pretty sure this was a real nest.

So it was a bit frustrating, sad, and disappointing, but I got some photos of other things that I thought I’d share here anyway. They are below the fold.

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Meez Teaching

Me, teaching

Meez, Teaching. It’s kind of cool because it’s animated, and I thought I’d share.

You can make one of yourself at Meez.com.

When it promts you, if you say that LouFCD sent you, we each get 200 free coins. A lot of the stuff there is free, and you don’t have to give credit card info or anything unless you want to buy more stuff. You get 2500 coins just for signing up, by the way.

I only spent coins (which were free anyway) on the beard and hair, but there’s a bunch of different neat little things there to assist you in frittering away some time for no apparent reason.

Check it out.

HT: WriterDD at Skepchick.

Campaigning for The Tentacled One

Seasons Greetings, from Above

Whichever holiday you choose to celebrate (if any), I hope you have the happiest.

Seasons Greetings from the Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Space Telescope greeting cards.

Carnival of Space #8

The eighth edition of Carnival of Space is up at Universe Today.

Great space related science posts from around the blogosphere collected for your reading pleasure.

In this edition, there are posts all sorts of space stuff, from puddles on Mars (or not), to moon madness, to nanobots in the Gobi desert.

Check it out!

2007 NC Science Blogging Conference

2007 NC Science Blogging Conference
The 2007 North Carolina Science Blogging Conference is here!

Look at the folks showing up for dinner tonight!

We were too slow to sign up, and missed the 150 person limit.

Coturnix has set up a links and live blogging page for the conference, so don’t forget to keep an eye on that! See what all your favorite bloggers in attendance are talking about, and hopefully find some great new science blogs to add to your list of favorites.

Reed Cartwright is escorting Professor Steve Steve to the conference, so now Janie’s really bummed we’re missing it.

We’ll be keeping our eye out for insteresting tidbits to pass along to you, though.

My Daughter’s Observatory

JanieBelle put up a cute little blog entry about my daughter’s Observatory in her Christmas Village.

Dr. Plait reads her blog and Kate’s, and found it amusing enough to post about it.

He had to turn down her invitation to speak at the observatory, though.

Maybe next time.

🙂

(There are more pictures of her village here in another of JanieBelle’s posts)

Vote For BadAstronomy!

I voted for BadAstronomy

Dr. BA needs your help to stop the invading squid horde! A vote for Dr. Phil Plait of BadAstronomy is a vote for kittens!

Well, I would have posted this anyway, but Kate has threatened to beat the crap out of me if I didn’t do it right away. I really like Kate, but she can be a bit pushy with that damned riding crop of hers.

(Ouch! Quit it!)

Anyway, Kate says that if you don’t go vote for the BA, I’m going to be subjected to unspecified torture and beating.

Please go vote for the BA! For my sake!