World Turtle News, 04/06/2018
Colebrook Land Conservancy presents program on the turtle
“Turtle populations are dwindling due to a multiple of factors, such as habitat loss, poaching, and now global warming is playing a role,” explains John Foley, a naturalist, preserve steward and outreach coordinator for the Great Hollow Nature Preserve and Ecological Research Center in New Fairfield. “A recent publication from the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature reported that of all vertebrates in the world, turtles and tortoise face the greatest threat of extinction, second only to primates.”
The Great Hollow Nature Preserve and Ecological Research Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to land and wildlife conservation, applied ecological research, experiential environmental education, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the public enjoyment of nature.
Foley will be at the Colebrook Land Conservancy’s 17th annual potluck supper April 15 at the Colebrook Senior and Community Center to present the program “Turtles and Turtle Talk.” Foley will discuss (admission is free) where turtles live, how they survive, why they have those sometimes beautiful domed shells, and how to tell one species from another. He’s even bringing two of his best chelonian friends, Reese’s and Meatball, for a meet and greet.
Says Foley, “Education is the initial key to conserving turtles for future generations and I’m hoping people walk away with more awareness for these long-lived and shelled critters that once walked with dinosaurs.”
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Photo from Colebrook Land Conservancy.