Terrapins Making Annual June Trek

June is the month that the diamondback terrapins in Barrington's Hundred Acre Cove emerge from hibernation to lay eggs in the Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge.

June is the month that diamondback terrapins emerge from their winter hibernation to lay eggs in the Doug Rayner Wildlife Refuge in Barrington, according to ecori.org.

 And for 23 years, Charlotte Sornberger of Barrington has been tracking the terrapins as they nest for the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. She also places metal baskets – excluders – to protect the eggs from predators, according to ecori.org.

As of several days ago, 136 females had been tracked. You can view the terrapins as they make their way up the cliffs. The best times are at high tide on sunny days.

See the video of the terrapins done by Tim Faulkner of Barrington, a reporter for ecori.org.

Gary Morse June 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
This week, I had a terrapin build a nest in my backyard. I have put up a shelter around the nest as a groundhog was digging away at the nest right after. Who may I contact for information on what to do next?
Linda June 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I would call Charlotte Sornberger.
Gary Morse June 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Linda, I was able to reach Charlotte Sornberger through the Audubon Society in case anyone else discovers a nest they want to protect. About 65 days from now, they should be popping out. To my surprise, they don't head for the water after hatching, but spend the winter on dry land. Apparently they have a natural antifreeze. Thanks


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