World Turtle News, 04/07/2019
Three-Year Little River Study of Wood Turtle Population Commences with Site Review
What will be a three-year study of the vulnerable wood turtle kicked off in Haverhill yesterday with a review of sites along Little River.
Working with Haverhill Conservation Commissioner Ralph T. Basiliere, Zoo New England Field Biologist Julie Lisk and Field Technician Ryan Roseen scoped out a dozen sites for eventually finding specimens and tracking them. WHAV caught up with them off Newark Street. Lisk explains the tan, grayish-brown or brown-shelled turtle has been given the status of “special concern” in Massachusetts.
“Their populations are declining so we’re here to see if there are wood turtles in the stream. If so, try to get an idea of population and potentially put radios, and radio track them; find out where they’re nesting; protect nests,” she explained.
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