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Look for Terrapins in the Coastal Bays: May 21 – 22

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

 

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program, in partnership with the Terrapin Work Group, are seeking volunteers for a really neat event on May 21st-22nd, 2011. These two programs are looking for people to join them for the first annual Diamondback Terrapin Blitz.

Our beautiful and iconic state reptile, the northern diamondback terrapin, makes its home in Maryland’s Chesapeake and coastal bays. But with a variety of threats facing terrapin, and uncertainty about their ability to adapt to these threats, one must wonder how long our bays will continue to support this elegant inhabitant of Maryland’s waterways.

Join terrapin researchers and managers for Terrapin Blitz weekend this May. Volunteers will assist with surveying creeks along the coastal bays for terrapin turtles. For more information, call 410-213-2297 or please email info@mdcoastalbays.org.

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