May 29, 2015: Its a Fine Day to be a Turtle

What can make a painted turtle smile? Is it a sunny log? Is it a mouthful of mayflies? Is it the pond near your house? We decided to investigate to find out.

…but first we needed to make music with Fisher in the mud kitchen.

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…And then we had to pretend we had shells.

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But after that, we were definitely ready for the hike all the way down to the beaver pond.

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We made it to Beaver Pond! We investigated all that mud. Turns out, leeches live in that water.

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Eastern Newts live there too.

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Although, what we came here for is TURTLES!

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This little fella was so small she fit in our collection containers (a.k.a. yogurt cups).

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Very carefully, we all took turns putting her in our cup and getting to have a chance to take a peak up-close.

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Its not everyday that you can see a turtle swim, right in your hand. After we all had a turn, we let her go and continued to explore the mud-flat landscape around the pond. It was a fine turtle day indeed.

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