Dozens of Turtles Relocated During Arnold Arboretum Ponds’ Restoration

Turtles, toads, frogs, and catfish were all relocated this spring as part of the Arnold Arboretum's dredging project of two of its ponds. If you've been by the trio of the Arboretum's ponds recently you probably noticed there was roping and fencing around Rehder and Faxon ponds. There were also floating and bucket traps set generously provided by Zoo New England, which caught turtles more than 80 times since April 20, said Arnold Arboretum Horticulturist Brendan Keegan to Jamaica Plain News. Keegan stressed that visitors not go around the roping and fencing, as it can stress out the Arboretum's wildlife. The number of individual turtles caught are probably in the 50 to 60 range, said Keegan.

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Video: Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road in the Arnold Arboretum?

A snapping turtle decided to go from one pond to another in the Arnold Arboretum, crossing a road and then scurrying into the weeds and disappearing. This is not a slow and steady turtle -- and there were no obvious hares or bunnies around... Turtle crossing in Arnold Arboretum (Part 1 of 2) from JamaicaPlainNews.com on Vimeo. Turtle Crossing in Arnold Arboretum (Part 2) from JamaicaPlainNews.com on Vimeo.  

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A Great Day to Be a Turtle

A nice day for turtles on #jamaicapond @02130News @universalhub pic.twitter.com/nB1TJdJY79— D R (@8doug8) April 19, 2015

It seemed that everyone was enjoying the Pond on Sunday, including these two fellows photographed by Twitter user D R.

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Pondside Living: Turtle Edition

Each weekday we post a random image from around the neighborhood. Cynthia Vazquez snapped this turtle shot at Jamaica Pond. Thanks for letting us share it, Cynthia! [selfie]

If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

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