First Day Hikes 2024: A New Year’s Tradition!

We were so fortunate to kick off 2024 with two incredible groups of outdoor enthusiasts for what has become our favorite tradition of the new year – #FirstDayHikesCapeCod!

Gathering at our “Turtle Garden” sanctuary in West Barnstable, we discussed the conservation efforts we have underway to protect the threatened Diamondback Terrapin population, as we traced the journey the turtles take as hatchings from their nests, out through the marshland to the brackish waters. We also introduced participants to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on goals #13 – Climate Action, #14 – Life Below Water and #15 – Life on Land.

Orenda Wildlife Land Trust is proud to have participated in this unique regional collaboration promoting the wellness of our environment and each other on New Year’s Day!

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