Orenda Wildlife Land Trust is seeking your help protecting Diamondback Terrapins at our “Turtle Garden” located on one of our sanctuaries in West Barnstable, where they have been nesting in large numbers for years. Terrapins are listed as “threatened” in Massachusetts due to various factors including over-harvesting in the 19th century, predation, traffic, and habitat loss. We are conducting habitat management, nest identification and protection, and hatching observation and assistance.
Terrapins spend most of their lives in the salt marsh. Each summer, females lay their eggs in sandy areas above the high tide line. Eggs hatch in the late summer and early fall and the hatchlings make their way to the upper rim of the marsh, where they mature for several years before entering the larger marsh area.
If you are a returning volunteer, or a new volunteer interested in becoming part of our Terrapin Turtle Protection Team, please email Lisa Nagel, program coordinator, at email@example.com to arrange to join us for an upcoming volunteer training session:
RETURNING VOLUNTEERS: Saturday, May 6, 10:30 AM
NEW VOLUNTEERS: Saturday, May 27, 10:30 AM
Both training sessions will take place at the Margaret Wyman Sanctuary at 194 Meadow Lane in West Barnstable
For more information about this initiative, please view our Terrapin Turtle Protection Program Description