The more you look, the more you see. It seems that everywhere I turn, I am noticing more remarkable flora and fauna. The other day, as I was mowing my backyard, I passed a slow moving disk. Upon closer examination, I discovered a courageous Box Turtle hatchling making its way out into the great world. Held aloft in my garden gloves, you’ll note the formidable scales on his mighty arms and his proud beak.
The Eastern Box Turtle is in decline and the Virginia Herpetological Society has a program collecting information about reported sightings. For great info on turtles or herp activities in general, they have a fine site that can be accessed at: http://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/index.html
Dave, Riverine Master Naturalist