[Dtwg] Terrapin nesting and yard signs

Carol Meteyer meteyerc at gmail.com
Tue May 21 09:27:17 EDT 2019

> Greetings (sorry for the second post to some of you, I'm trying to reduce
> size of attachment for the list),
> I've seen some tracks in the sand at Slaughter Beach, DE.

> I also wanted to share the yard signs I deployed this year to try to
> decrease road mortality in the emerging terrapin trying to make it across
> Bay Ave from the yards and dunes along Slaughter Beach, to the marsh on the
> other side.  I placed 10 posters along this 1.5 mile stretch of road. I
> monitored the road and still picked up 110 dead terrapin hatchlings
> (overwintering hatchlings) through the month of April into May when the
> largest 'migration' occurs. This was about the same as last spring (2018)
> but people did seem to be driving more slowly and I saw more people
> carrying the turtles - it is hard to know how many made it across Bay Ave.
> I've brought the yard signs in for the 'season' (all 10 were recovered in
> spite of spring storms) and I will put them out when the late summer
> hatchlings begin their crossing.  I can send a higher resolution image to
> individuals who want a better look at this.
> Suzette Noecker (Bloom 415) from Ocean View DE designed the signs and got
> permission from the 'Turtle Conservancy' to use their image and they are
> credited in the O in the word 'Crossing'.
> carol
> On Mon, May 20, 2019 at 9:00 PM Chambers, Randolph M <rmcham at wm.edu>
> wrote:
>> We've got nest crawls on the York River--tributary to the Chesapeake
>> Bay--here in Virginia.
>> Randy Chambers_______________________________________________
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> --
> Carol Meteyer, DVM
> Slaughter Beach, DE
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