Zoologist Bill Pitts will present his program, “the Bog Turtle: New Jersey’s State Reptile,” at the Monmouth County Audubon Society meeting on Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m.
The Bog Turtle was named New Jersey’s State Reptile on June 18, 2018, following a successful petition campaign begun by science students from the Riverside Elementary School in Princeton, who were concerned with the turtle’s threatened status.
The NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Program estimates that there are fewer than 2,000 of these inhabitants of groundwater-fed freshwater wetlands left in the state. Once abundant in New Jersey, this secretive, palm-sized turtle is found today only in rural areas such as Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon and Salem counties.
Learn all about this charismatic creature’s natural history in New Jersey and conservationists’ ongoing effort to protect the Bog Turtle and increase its habitat and population in this entertaining program.
Bill Pitts, Assistant Zoologist with NJ Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Non-Game Species program, returns to MCAS following his well-received program on the American Kestrel, presented last year. Bill Pitts has been an Assistant Zoologist with NJ Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Non-Game Species program since 2005.