Wildlife Biologists Researching Blanding’s Turtles in Maine
You can help researchers learn more about a state endangered species. Biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are taking part in a five-state study of Blanding’s turtles. The turtles are 7 to 10 inches long and typically live in shallow, weedy marshes and swamps. Biologists say Blanding’s turtles endangered in Maine, mostly due to human development. ” There’s just not as many big, open blocks of habitat left. Things are just more and more fragmented, making it more dangerous for the turtle and its every day activities,” said Derek Yorks, wildlife biologist. If you see a Blanding’s turtle, biologists ask that you reported it the to Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.