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.
Dogs are trained to track many, many things. Drugs, guns, prey -- but turtles? That is the case for Koda, an Australian shepherd mix. Koda has been specifically trained to track and find eastern box turtles, which are a locally rare species in Massachusetts due to habitat loss. After a year of training, Koda got to test her her abilities in Franklin Park in late August -- and succeeded quite well!
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.