In July, Quest for the Best Foundation awarded the Institute with a two-year grant of $82,698 to support the Diamondback Terrapin Conservation program. Grant funds are in support of the headstarting program, mark and recapture work, intern support and the Terrapins in the Classroom Program. The grant also provides funds to support the expansion of cutting edge research using digital radio telemetry to track released hatchling terrapins during this poorly understood life stage. Hatchling terrapins are seldom seen in the marshes from the time of hatching until they reach sexual maturity – up to 8 years. Understanding this crucial life stage can help better inform conservation strategies for terrapins.