Exploring life for some of Virginia's most secretive and fascinating animals
Friday, July 19, 2013
It's midsummer and for us that means it's time for turtle census. Each year we collect data on the several species of basking turtles that live in the lake outside the VLM. Turtles are caught in humane and safe traps and are then identified, measured, marked and released. We count how many of each species we find and keep track of any that are captured multiple times from year to year. In a previous post I introduced the species we see most frequently.
Sometimes we have students that help us mark and release the turtles, but this year the data is being collected by VLM staff only so no one has been around with a camera, but I will post a few photos from previous years.
Setting the traps
Later that day VLM educators bringing in the traps
VLM staff helping a student measure the carapace length