Celebrate the Turtle on World Turtle Day!

Laughing Brook Hosts Family Friendly Nature Celebration

Fascinating creatures that they are, turtles have been given their very own holiday! Families can celebrate World Turtle Day with a visit to Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about local turtles, or can explore the wetlands of the Berkshire to look for these endangered bog turtles!

Unbeknownst to most of us, the nearby bogs of the Berkshires are the perfect habitat for a very precious and endangered species, the bog turtle! One of ten species of turtles found in Massachusetts, the perfect habitat for this tiny rare turtle can be found in the naturally alkaline wet patches of field and meadow across the westernmost portion of our region. Families can learn more about this and other species of testudines by engaging in community-based opportunities for hands-on learning about habitat conservation and species preservation.

Bog turtles are not exclusive to western Massachusetts. They can, in fact, be found as far south as Georgia, but local populations are nevertheless endangered. The closet turtle populations to those in the Berkshires are located 250 miles away, a separation that has been caused by land development. As a result, local bog turtles are genetically isolated – a fact that, when combined with habitat loss and other factors, puts them in danger. Luckily, researchers from The Nature Conservancy have worked to study and monitor bog turtle populations using turtle-mounted radio transmitters. Read the rest of this entry »

Painted Turtle Episode on the HFVS (07/11/09)

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Painted Turtle Episode

Painted Turtle

Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

07/11/09 PLAYLIST

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  • Lisa Loeb – “Wake Up Song” [Camp Lisa]
  • Justin Roberts – “Day Camp” [Way Out]
  • Lisa Loeb – “Going Away” [Camp Lisa]
  • The Not-Its – “I Love Camping” [We Are the Not-Its!] Music
  • Wee Hairy Beasties – “Lightnin’ the Turtle” [Animal Crackers]
  • Suzi Shelton – “The Turtle Song” [Simply Suzi]
  • A Curious Glimpse of Michigan – “Painted Turtle: State Reptile of Michigan” [A Curious Glimpse of Michigan]
  • Nicola Davies – “All About Loggerhead Turtles” [One Tiny Turtle]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Ernie & Neal – “Turtle” [Rock & Roll Band]
  • Tom Knight – “Invisible Girl” [The Library Boogie] Music
  • Rainbabies by Laura Krauss Melmed
  • Laura Freeman – “Flower Dance” [Somersault Season] Music
  • Mr. Leebot – “Green Family” [Robot Dance] Music

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