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Turtle nests increase in numbers along Naples beach

Maura Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff

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Maura Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years. Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests. The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing. Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years. The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October. The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs. Manuel Martinez/Staff

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  • Maura Kraus digs a hole in the spot where she believes a sea turtle has laid it's egg, then sets up a perimeter to keep them protected from the public.  The mothers leave distinct tracts that are easily identifiable in the sand.  Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Tom Morrison stops during his daily run to talk with Maura Kraus about the progress of the sea turtles during their nesting season.  FILE PHOTO  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Maura Kraus staples signage to a perimeter that she has created around a freshly laid sea turtle nest.  Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Maura Kraus fills out data on a nest that was identified on Parkshore Beach on June 15, 2011.  The data will later help them estimate a hatching date and will help monitor the nests progress.  Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Several freshly laid sea turtle eggs lay buried in the sand at Parkshore Beach on June 15, 2011.  Maura Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Maura Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Maura Kraus fills out data on a turtle nest that was identified on Parkshore Beach in Naples on June 15, 2011.  The data will later help them estimate a hatching date and will help monitor the nests progress.  Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years. Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Maura Kraus digs a hole in the spot where she believe a sea turtle has laid it's egg, then sets up a perimeter to keep them protected from the public.  The mothers leave distinct tracts that are easily identifiable in the sand.  Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Several freshly laid sea turtle eggs lay buried in the sand at Parkshore Beach on June 15, 2011.  Maura Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Maura Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Maura Kraus put a number 39 on to a perimeter that she has created around a freshly laid sea turtle nest to indicate how many nests have been found on that particular stretch of beach.  Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff
  • Maura Kraus fills out data on a nest that was identified on Parkshore Beach on June 15, 2011.  The data will later help them estimate a hatching date and will help monitor the nests progress.  Kraus has worked with Collier County Parks and Recreation and the Sea Turtle Protection Program for nearly 28 years.  Kraus is issues a specific stretch of beach that she monitors for new nests and observes the conditions of already marked nests.  The number of nesting site is high this season in comparison to seasons past, which is a good indication that numbers are increasing.  Nesting season also started earlier this year with the first nest being found on April 27, about a week earlier than prior years.  The traditional nesting season for the sea turtles starts the first week in May and goes through August and the hatching season continues well into October.  The egg in normal conditions will hatch approximately 60 days from the laying of the eggs.  Manuel Martinez/Staff

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