• Outdoor Radio: Following Wood Turtles

    Female Wood Turtle tracked by biologists with a radio tag. / © K.P. McFarland

    In some regions of Vermont almost all the Wood Turtles that biologist find are old. Why is the Wood Turtle population missing the younger generations? Perhaps their nests are being depredated or the young are not surviving once they hatch. The Orianne Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of reptiles, amphibians and the ecosystems they inhabit, is currently researching and studying Wood Turtles to perhaps find the answer.

    In this episode of Outdoor Radio, Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra join Kiley Briggs and Melanie Lohrer from the Orianne Society, as they try to follow female Wood Turtles to their nesting sites so they can monitor their success. The biologists have attached a spool of fine string to the turtles to follow their movements and discover where they might have buried their eggs. Join us as we follow along.

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    More Images from the Show

    Melanie Lohrer points with radio telemetry antenna to the Wood Turtle hidden in brush. / © K.P. McFarland.

    Kiley Briggs points out a spent spool. / © K.P. McFarland

    Kiley points out the turtles scutes that have lines that are used to help age it. The radio transmitter is mounted on the shell below his hand. / © K.P. McFarland

    Sara and the turtle team poses once last time with the Wood Turtle before they release her. / © K.P. McFarland

    Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio.

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