August 19, 2014

Adopt a Turtle for 2013!

 

Looking for a unique gift for the person who has everything?

Looking for a way to make a difference locally with a year-end contribution? The Topanga Turtle Project has monitored the largest population of native Southwestern Pond Turtles left in the Santa Monica Mountains since 2002. Unfortunately, our grant ended in 2009, and even with wonderful volunteers to help, we were unable to find the money for bait, gear, and data processing. It costs about $1,500 per year to keep the monitoring going on a bare bones basis.

For a tax-deductible donation of $25 (or whatever your heart suggests!), we would be happy to send you details on a specific juvenile, male or female turtle that you can adopt!

We can tell you how much they have grown (juveniles), how much they weigh and if they have produced any eggs (females). We will also provide an overview of what we have learned about our wonderful turtle friends, and contact info to sign up to volunteer to see how they are doing for yourself.

The Topanga Turtles are quite amazing, with a well established social structure. Our radio tracking efforts revealed that these turtles make and keep specific friends, have romantic liaisons with attractive males, and go as far as half a mile to find the perfect shrub oak or sumac bush for shelter over the winter.

To help out the Topanga Turtles, send a check to the RCDSMM Turtle Project, PO Box 638, Agoura Hills, CA 91376-0638. Let us know if you want to “adopt” a juvenile, male or female turtle. We will send you a photo and life history details of your adoptee.

For more info, contact Rosi Dagit at rdagit@rcdsmm.org!