Virtual Science Saturday: Terrapins of Barnegat Bay- Stories of Survival 

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Date: Saturday, January 30th, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Ages: adult

Fee: $5

Fee with Member Discount: Free to Members & Friends

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January 30: Terrapins of Barnegat Bay- Stories of Survival 

Presenter Name: Dr.John Wnek, Project Terrapin 

This program will discuss threats to local diamondback terrapins including: crossing roadways, crab pot captures, loss of nesting habitat, and the illegal pet trade. Dr. John Wnek will tell the story of “Bayley”, a local female diamondback terrapin that was part of the pet trade and returned back to New Jersey where we conducted health assessments and are developing a plan to return her back to the wild where she was taken. We will discuss ways that we are reducing road encounters, improving nesting habitat and promoting strategies to reduce terrapins being captured in crab pot. We have some actions that people along the coast can take to ensure the survival of terrapins. We will also be discussing the conservation efforts of some of our local partners throughout Barnegat Bay.

Biography: This program will be presented by Dr. John Wnek, research coordinator of Project Terrapin and science supervisor at MATES. John is entering his 20th year of diamondback terrapin research at Barnegat Bay, New Jersey where he has been involved in several mark-recapture terrapin projects that have resulted in over 5000 terrapins marked. John is working with schools and communities on terrapin conservation projects including community-based projects in Stafford Township, N. Sedge Island, and Cedar Run Dock Road, NJ.

This presentation is via Zoom ONLY. LBIF Members & FRIENDS – please contact the office for the registration promo code for free admission before checkout: office@lbifoundation.org

 

 

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