What could be better than #GoodNewsTues about diamondback terrapins!?
To start, here’s a video of a strong Mama diamondback terrapin laying her eggs in the sand. Terrapins live in our coastal bays, in brackish water and voyage to the shores to lay their eggs. They use their back legs to dig a hole, lay their eggs and then cover the eggs!
Now for the good news! Our Terrapin Survey results are in! The Terrapin Survey is a citizen science project where our MCBP scientists work together with community members and gather data about the local terrapin populations. In recent years, there hasn’t been much research or data collection about terrapin populations in our coastal bays. With that, every year this survey has taken place at MCBP, the results have continued to improve!
This year, in 2019, there were 668 diamondback terrapin sightings over five days! This information is invaluable to MCBP, DNR and many other organizations because terrapins are keystone species. Terrapins being a keystone species means that their populations directly impact the health and populations of many other species like blue crabs, mollusks, and other invertebrates in the bay. Additionally, terrapins move a large amount of nutrients from the bay to land because of their journeys they take to lay eggs! If the eggs don’t make it back to the bays, they are food for other land animals or just nutrients that naturally fertilizes the soil for plants to utilize!
Happy #GOODNEWSTUES! & thank you to all our citizen scientists that helped with the survey!
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