North Florida Land Trust is currently recruiting volunteers to join Team Terrapin, the organization’s diamondback terrapin monitoring program. The nonprofit organization monitors a nesting population of these unique saltmarsh turtles from April through September and needs volunteers to help search sites on Big Talbot Island for signs of terrapin nesting.
“If you enjoy working in nature and are looking to get involved in wildlife monitoring and conservation, this would be a perfect fit for you,” said Emily Dunn, stewardship coordinator at NFLT. “We record information on each of the nests we come across and track their success or failure over time. This information will be used to better inform diamondback terrapin conservation. While terrapins are elusive, we do occasionally come across a nesting female or young hatchings, which can be very exciting.”
Volunteers are asked to commit to monitoring on a specific day every week or every other week. Each monitoring trip takes a few hours, depending on how much nesting and hatching is taking place at that time. NFLT will be holding a training meeting in mid-April. To participate on Team Terrapin, contact Emily Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (904) 479-1967.