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Florida’s springs, rivers, and lakes have a large number of turtle species, some doing well but others in need of conservation. Turtles are a window into the health of our ecosystems, reflecting populations of macro-invertebrates, fish, and quantity and type of vegetation.
To guide conservation efforts, survey data is essential. Turtle surveys began at Wekiwa Springs State Park in 1999, with one to three sampling sessions a year through 2011, to assess the continued impact of development surrounding the park.
Biologists and volunteers search for turtles by snorkeling, collect, tag and release them to recapture the next year. Wayne Osborne, a biologist and volunteer on this project, will share how to identify our local turtle species, bringing several species for us to see up close. He’ll share details about study and conservation efforts.
Join us April 20th for a fascinating program, suitable for all ages.