World Turtle News, 07/12/2017
Malaclemys Terrapin Discovered By Canine In Area Characterized By Incredibly Rare Sightings
Another canine has made its mark in the world of chelonian conservation. Diamond is an American Staffordshire terrier who uncovered a secret that otherwise would likely have been overlooked or even ignored. It was just another routine early morning stroll on the Western shore of a Hillsmere marina with Lincoln Williams, Diamond’s owner, but quicky turned into an astonishing discovery. Diamond located a female Malaclemys terrapin in the process of nesting. According to Jeff Popp of the Terrapin Institute, this species is incredibly rare on this side of the marina as a result of human presence and less suitable habitat. Jennie Gundersen, a South River Federation volunteer, spotted Williams’ photos on social media and acted swiftly to contact the Terrapin Institute and place safety fencing around the nest to protect it from people and predators. Later Jeff Popp removed the eggs for artificial incubation at the Institute, after which they will be head-started and hopefully returned to their home waters. What a inspiring story of the capabilities of dogs and the hard work of passionate conservationists as well as citizen scientists.
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Photo from Lincoln Williams .