Turtle Season is in Full Swing!

Thank you to all of the Connecticut Turtle Atlas participants. I have decided to start this journal to better connect with the participants and plan to post at least monthly. The project is about to hit 200 observations and will probably do so this weekend. Your participation in this citizen science initiative brings welcome and needed data on the distribution of Connecticut's turtle species. To date you have observed eight species of the 12 native turtles in Connecticut. In addition, you have recorded numerous sightings of the exotic red-eared slider.

Last fall I shared the Atlas data with two researchers who were updating a book on the conservation and distribution of Connecticut's reptiles and amphibians. The data on wood, spotted, and box turtles were particularly welcomed as these are the turtles of greatest conservation need in the State.

I have noticed that a number of turtle observations by some of you have not yet been added to the project. I know the updates that were made to the iNaturalist app now make it a little less intuitive to add observations to specific projects. If anyone needs help with the different methods of adding observations to the project just email me at twalsh@brucemuseum.org and I will send you a how-to sheet I created.

Thank you so much for making the project a success. I look forward to all future turtle sightings!

Tim Walsh
Manager of Natural History Collections and Citizen Science

Posted by tim_walsh tim_walsh, June 10, 2016 13:55

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