Of Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins

I have an inordinate fondness for turtles and tortoises. Always have. I’m not sure why. Maybe it is that they move slowly through life, not bothering anyone, just going their way peacefully. They have been around since before the dinosaurs, over 200 million years.

So I suppose it is not surprising that I volunteered to build a website for the Jamaica Bay Terrapin Research Project. This is a group, headed by Professor Russell Burke of Hofstra University, that is seeking to learn all they can about the Diamondback Terrapin. The DBT is an unusual creature, fond of brackish water. So he lives in only a limited number of locations along the East Coast, including Jamaica Bay in New York, Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and a few other semi-salty bodies of water. Like many other threatened animals, his habitat is disappearing as man continually builds on, drains, pollutes and otherwise removes his home. So I’m trying in some small way to help him.

Take a look at the website we created at www.jbtr.org.

Special thanks to my dad who created the logo!

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