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Tracking Terrapins in the Marsh

by Brian Williamson In an effort to fill gaps in our knowledge of behavior and survival of juvenile terrapins, we initiated a telemetry study to track movements of head-started juvenile terrapins this summer. We are partnering with Cellular Tracking Technologies...

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Nesting Season is Here!

by Brian Williamson As the weather warms up and vacationers begin to arrive, local turtles, especially nesting diamondback terrapins, will be on the move as well. Here are some guidelines for what to do, and not do, if you see a turtle this summer. Be aware of turtles...

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Terrapins in the Classroom

by Dr. Lisa Ferguson Our kids are not the only ones headed off to school in the fall. Each year, we send diamondback terrapin hatchlings to spend the school year with teachers who are trained and permitted to raise the turtles with their students through our Terrapins...

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Citizen Conservationist Award

by Dr. Lisa Ferguson This year, we were grateful to recognize all the contributions Homer Wesolowski has made to The Wetlands Institute – and our conservation and research projects - with the 2017 Citizen Conservationist Award. In 2011, Homer Wesolowski came to The...

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The Wetlands Institute Receives Disney Conservation Grant

Stone Harbor, NJ, May 4, 2017 – The Wetlands Institute has been awarded a $23,700 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) as a part of the Fund’s focus on reversing the decline of at-risk wildlife around the world. The conservation grant recognizes The Wetlands...

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Changing Times for Terrapins

by Brian Williamson, Research Scientist After many years of being legally harvested in New Jersey, we are very happy to announce that a bill has been passed to officially remove diamondback terrapins from the game species list. The bill was originally proposed in...

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25 Years of Turtle Releases

by Roberta Dean When reading The Wetlands newsletter this winter, I was drawn to the news about this year marking the 25th Anniversary of the Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Project. I immediately realized what that meant to me -- I would be preparing for my 25th...

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Great News for Terrapins!

Dear Terrapin Conservation Supporters, More good news! New Jersey’s Senate Environment and Energy Committee and Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources committees recently met to consider  Bill S-1625 and A-2949 to classify diamondback terrapins a as non-game...

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25 Years of Protecting Diamondback Terrapins

by Brian Williamson If you spend time at the shore, you probably are familiar with diamondback terrapins. They are our local saltmarsh turtle; unique in that they are the only reptiles that thrive in this habitat. They are most often seen when the females come out of...

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25 Years of Terrapin Conservation and Research

Research and Conservation of Diamondback terrapins at The Wetlands Institute (1989 – 2015) Distribution and Ecology Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) inhabit brackish waters of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. More closely related to...

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25 Years of Terrapin Patrols

This year marked our 25th year of conducting patrols to save nesting terrapins and document their use of our local roads during the busy nesting and summer tourism seasons. Over these years, we’ve documented roughly 500 terrapins (an average of 492 to be exact) killed...

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Attention Crabbers: Terrapin BRD’s Available!

Diamondback terrapins often become trapped in crab pots, attracted by bait and trapped animals. Because terrapins require access to the surface in order to breathe, they often drown in crab pots. To prevent the loss of terrapins in traps, New Jersey law requires...

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Bill to Reclassify Terrapins as Non-game Species

Although eating terrapin is not as popular today as it was in late 19th-early 20th century, harvest for the pet trade and food markets overseas is a growing concern. Currently it is legal to harvest diamondback terrapins in New Jersey. Current harvest regulations have...

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New Turtle-Safe Lighting Installed at The Wetlands Institute

Stone Harbor, NJ – September 2014.  As part of continuing efforts to build a center of excellence in research, education, and conservation, The Wetlands Institute has implemented new energy efficiency practices that include lighting technology specifically designed to...

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