People love turtles. Everyone.

And I love sharing turtles with people.

Below are some pictures of the fun times I have had catching turtles with my community


Checking turtle traps in an urban reserve with graduate students from the Richard Gilder School at the American Museum of Natural History. Photo by Geoff Giller


Geoff Giller and I checking turtle traps with local high school students at Beaver Pond Park, an urban waterway in New Haven, CT


Learning to mark turtles


Collecting data!


When we found this snapping turtle, a plastic newspaper wrapper was tightly bond around its shell (where finger is pointing). The turtle must have gotten stuck in the wrapper years ago and grown around it. It’s a sad example of how pollution affects wildlife but an excellent example of ho resilient critters can occasionally be. We cut the wrapper off and let this gal go!