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Terrapin Tally

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Presented By North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve
Goal The North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research
Task Paddle designated routes within the Reserve to collect data.
Where Masonboro Island Reserve, North Carolina

This event is a fun and exciting way to spend time out on the water while contributing to scientific research. You will be helping the N.C. Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to estimate the population of Diamondback Terrapins within and around the Masonboro Island Reserve.

There is little data available about the population of terrapins in North Carolina. It is important for the Reserve to determine how many Diamondback Terrapins are remaining in the marshes and waters of the Masonboro Island Reserve. The data you provide will be used to estimate terrapin populations and can be used to compare with data from other salt marshes along the coast or to track changes to the resident population over time.

How to Join

To participate in the 2014 Terrapin Tally, register for a training date by contacting the Reserve office. You will be asked to select a time and paddling route when you register. Teams of two will be assigned to a specific route that will be paddled during a specific time period on the designated date. Each route will have a designated launch site, for which permission to launch has previously been obtained. Participants will receive a sign to place on their vehicle’s dashboard during parking at any privately owned site.
Training sessions will be held on April 5th from 6—7:30 pm and on April 8th from 10—11:30 am at the UNCW Center for Marine Science. Maps for each route will be provided. It is recommended that participants sign up for a route with which they are familiar, or that they paddle the route prior to the event to become familiar with it.
This event will require the use of a smart phone to collect the population data. The data collection date for the Terrapin Tally will be May 3rd. Routes can be paddled between either 8 am and 10 am or between 12 noon and 2 pm. An additional rain date is scheduled for May 17th with paddling times between 7 am and 9 am and 11 am and 1 pm.

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Required Gear

Smart phone
Maps (received at training session)
Kayak, canoe or paddleboard
Bungee straps for your supplies
Drybag or Ziploc for electronics
Quick drying clothes
Closed-toe shoes
Waterproof sunscreen
Bug spray
Water, water, and more water
Parking notice (received at training session)

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags terrapin
Project Updated 04/22/2017