Six Painted Turtles hang out in one of our minnow traps.

Six painted turtles hang out in one of our minnow traps.

So far our traps have been working very well. There were days we found many painted turtles in one single trap – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6… Wait, 2 more… 8 painted turtles in total! A visit from Christina certainly brought us more luck – the following day we found five snapping turtles and three painted turtles in the same trap.

We were so glad to see that the majority of female turtles we caught were gravid, which was an indication of the upcoming nesting season. Also, we came across a few year-old snapping turtles and map turtles – they have survived the first winter of their lives.

A year-old Snapping Turtle.

A year-old snapping turtle.

Since then, nesting season has been in full swing and we will soon be able to let you know how things are shaping up on our nesting sites this year. In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying the summer weather as much as the turtles are!

–Xiaotian Wang