Have you ever seen a turtle sunning itself on a log and thought to yourself, “Damn, I wish I could tell someone about this?”
Well apparently there is a group that is waiting for your call. It is called the Connecticut Turtle Atlas, and it encourages everyone to report the “location and abundance of any turtles they see from April through November.” The local arm of this group is run by the Bruce Museum Citizen Science initiative, which is now starting its second year.
“Turtles can play key ecological roles, serving as both predators and prey, contributing to the cycling of nutrients, and acting as seed dispersers,” says Tim Walsh, Bruce Museum Manager of Natural History Collections and Citizen Science and developer of the project, “so they are a top priority for many conservation biologists.” Many turtle species are on the endangered list.
Connecticut is home to 12 native turtle species and inhabit a variety of terrain, from woodland and wetlands to the waters of Long Island Sound. The perambulator has seen huge snapping turtles lazily drifting around Binney Park Pond, or what’s left of it. Last year 34 observers reported 151 different sightings, including the imperiled spotted and wood turtles.
So the next time you see a turtle, grab your mobile phone and give Tim Walsh a call at 203-413.6767 and become part of the great Connecticut Turtle Atlas study group.
Or perhaps you were interested in 'Turtles' of another type? Click 'Play' below and have at them:
Writing by the Greenwich Perambulator, Bob Horton.
About the Greenwich Perambulator
Let me start with a definition. A perambulator is someone who makes a tour or inspection on foot. In my case they are not so much tours or inspections as random wanderings to satisfy my curiosity. The Greenwich part needs no explanation. I live and work (mostly) in town, which affords me frequent opportunities for roaming around. I will be sharing what I see with livinggreenwich.com readers.