Turtle Tracks Field Update for December 2013

23 Dec

An update of the status of the Eastern box turtles in the Earthshine Nature Programs Turtle Tracks Eastern box turtle conservation, public awareness and education program happening at Earthshine Discovery Center in Lake Toxaway,  North Carolina, USA.

12/08/13 Field Update: Today I located both Catherine and Jimmy Irwin. They were both settled into their overwintering sites for their long winters nap.  Jimmy is in almost the exact same location that he over-wintered in last year and Catherine is only about 30 feet northwest of the site she used for the last several years.

The Trails turtles, Shelly Echo and Paula Journeys,  are also deep in their winter sleep waiting for spring.

Note: While walking back to my car today I found the scat (poop) of an unusually large animal–probably a horse–so if you are missing a horse, please contact me and I will let you know where I found it. Like any good naturalist I analyzed the scat so if you are interested in what I found just take a look at it in the video below–especially if you are missing a horse. It was just a bit large to be a bear so the other possibility is a Sasquatch 😉

View the video from today’s field excursion below.

If the video will not play or open then follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_2bd-UvEVg to view the video on Youtube

This will probably be the last locate day for 2013 however,  I will do a mid-winter video report on all of the reptiles and then start anew in the spring with the continued tracking of these beautiful creatures.

For more information on Earthshine Nature and the Turtle Tracks, Turtle Trails and Snake Tracks wildlife conservation and education projects check out: http://www.earthshinenature.com

It is our goal at ENP to promote wildlife conservation of misunderstood wildlife and nature awareness through our unique, exciting, citizen science based, hands-on education, out-reach programs, and online with our nature videos, blog and website.

We are not paid to operate ENP or to conduct our wildlife conservation activities. ENP is a 100% volunteer operated and donation funded organization. It is our mission to educate you about these beautiful but greatly misunderstood animals and hopefully, to impart to you their beauty, uniqueness and intrinsic value to a healthy Earth, healthy wildlife and healthy humans.

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Music by The Steep Canyon Rangers http://www.steepcanyon.com used with permission.

Video and editing by Steve O’Neil

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