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Sudbury: Discussion on Massachusetts's threatened turtles
December 15, 2013
Sudbury – Learn about the threatened turtles of Massachusetts and how local communities and schools are working to save them during a discussion to be held Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m., at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
Learn about two local, threatened turtle species from Jared Green, who has first-hand experience tracking and catching these elusive reptiles. Families are welcome and you can meet the refuge's resident Blanding's turtles.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's (USFWS) Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex is home to the federally-threatened Northern Red-bellied Cooter and the state-threatened Blanding's turtle. Both species have seen severe population declines in the last several decades due to habitat loss and mortality from motor vehicles. To curb the loss of these fascinating freshwater turtle species, the USFWS has been working to protect and enhance existing and new populations.
A population of Northern Red-bellied Cooters is being augmented at Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and a new population of Blanding's turtles is being established at the Assabet River NWR using a conservation technique called head-starting, with local schools raising the turtle hatchlings.
Jared Green, is a graduate student at the University of Georgia who has worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service since 2011. He will talk about the history of both species in Massachusetts and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's recent efforts to save them.
For information on how you can help save Blanding's Turtles, go to www.farnwr.org. The Assabet River NWR is located at 680 Hudson St., Sudbury.