World Turtle News, 03/09/2018
Wetlands Institute and Avalon to test new Malaclemys terrapin barrier
Nesting season for diamondback terrapins, late May through July, is a dangerous time for the turtles and drivers on roads crossing or adjacent to salt marshes. Annually, hundreds of female terrapins are killed crossing roads seeking suitable nest spots for their eggs.
In 2011, Avalon installed protective tubing along Avalon Boulevard to stop the turtles from trying to cross the Avalon Boulevard. The decision to use the plastic drainage pipes came after a study by the Wetlands Institute to test effective deterrents to stop the single-minded terrapins.
Now Avalon, working again with the Wetlands Institute, is ready to try a new concrete barrier that may be even more effective and has the added benefit of being less of an eyesore when used within the residential confines of the borough.
The experiment was designed by the Taylor Design Group, a long standing consultant to the borough. The institute will monitor the test of this new barrier.
The hope is that the project will be funded through a grant from Sustainable New Jersey developed by the borough’s grant consultant Edward Mahaney.
The project aims to provide concrete barriers to defeat the terrapins when they emerge from the marshes on the bay side of Ocean Drive near the marina and kayak storage structures.
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