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Turtle Conservation

Hatchling and Turtle Conservation through Headstarting (HATCH)

Students in our program participate in a real-world rare species conservation program by raising hatchling turtles to greatly increase their chances of survival in the wild.

Blanding's Turtles

We're monitoring and helping to protect four different Blanding’s turtle populations around the state.

Spotted Turtles

We’re working to conserve the last remaining population of the locally rare spotted turtle in Boston. Biologists radiotrack turtles to document population demographics, understand habitat needs and headstart hatchlings.

Wood Turtles

Once the most common freshwater turtle in eastern Mass, the wood turtle is now state threatened. We've been monitoring these turtles since 2012, and we'll be working alongside MassWildlife to access populations through 2021.

Turtle Detection Dog

“Turtle Dog” Koda is being trained to locate turtles in their native habitat as part of vital conservation work to protect regionally threatened populations of turtles.