Western pond turtles are special because they are the only freshwater species of turtle in California and they tell us important things about the health of our lakes. By becoming a Turtle Observer you can turn your interest into action by contributing to conservation efforts through data collection, observation, and using cool tools like spotting scopes. Training takes place on February 10, from 9AM-11AM over Zoom and then from 1PM-3PM in the field.
The online meeting will cover the importance of wildlife conservation, how to identify the various turtle species in Marin, monitoring protocols, and the benefits of becoming a community scientist. In the afternoon we will gather at Pacheco Pond in Indian Valley to meet other volunteers in person, practice using spotting scopes and binoculars, and put identification skills into practice. We will offer another excursion to Lake Lagunitas at 2:00 on Wednesday February 14.
Sign up for the two-part training here.