Monthly Archives: March 2016

Welcome back, Megan Spots!

Actually, there isn’t any reason to welcome her “back,” since she didn’t really go away, but this was the first day that I found a definite female above ground. I can only say “I” in this case, and not “we,” because everyone else was on spring break. Here is Megan Spots, named when she was found last year (2015) in the courtyard and photographed

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Turtle #7 of the year, more frogs…and lizards?!?!?

Weighing in at 99 grams, just like last September, Tortuga was the seventh turtle to come out of hibernation… or the fifth to come out voluntarily (sorry Ford Prefect and Googol). Interestingly, Tortuga appears to be another offspring of Yedlin and Boxy, and only these siblings have come out of hibernation  so far (with the exception of Bloopy Beans, who doesn’t appear to be

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The frogs have returned

“There’s a frog!” several of Ms. Bertone’s first grade students started shouting excitedly while we checked the Riverside School courtyard for signs of life. When I approached where they had made the discovery, everyone was quick to point. The sight reminded me of my own daughter, many years ago, when she jumped up and down and cheered at the sight of a frog in

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Four turtles in one day… sort of…

Fifth graders did it again! Ms. Tulizewski’s fifth grade class found two additional turtles emerging for the first time since November. These two also happen to have the most unusual names–Golden Sparkles and Bloopy Beans. I also found two turtles that were still hibernating, while digging up a clump of grass. My intention was to move the grass to an area where we have

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We’ve found turtle #2!

With today’s high temperatures, the ground warmed enough for the emergence of our second turtle. At the end of the day, while leading a group of second graders through the Riverside courtyard to take temperatures of the air, water, and soil–which we will later try to correlate with turtle and frog behavior–we spotted Coquí coming out of the soil. As usual, the sighting of

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Dot Dot Dash appears again!

Last night, I took the weights on all of the baby turtles and collected DNA samples for a new round of sequencing, because I figured that the older turtles coming out of hibernation might keep me busy for the next few days. We are experiencing a warm spell, with temperatures projected near 26 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) tomorrow, and temperatures reaching 20 degrees

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The story of Cutie, our toughest survivor

I have refrained from telling this story until now because I wanted to make sure that it had a happy ending, but now, one month in, Cutie’s looks like she’ll make it through. On Thursday, February 4, after thawing out from a big snowstorm the previous week, I decided to go into our courtyard and check on our fish and frog pond, which was

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First turtle of (almost) spring!

Why should a groundhog get all of the credit? Since they are ectothermic, or “cold blooded,” box turtles care about temperatures a whole lot more! Now he may look grumpy in this photograph, but Dot Dot Dash made his first appearance of the year. Ms. Nichols’ fifth grade class receives the credit for finding him sitting in the sun at 11:05 AM on March 1,

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