December 14, 2017

Adopt A Topanga Turtle and Fund the Topanga Turtle Project

 

Adopt A Topanga Turtle and Fund the Topanga Turtle Project

Adopt a Topanga turtle for a tax-deductible donation and receive updates on your juvenile, male or female. These turtles make and keep specific friends, have romantic liaisons and go as far as half a mile to find the perfect shrub oak or sumac bush for shelter over the winter.

To heal the planet, start in your own back yard … or creek.

The Topanga Turtle Project has monitored the largest population of native Southwestern Pond Turtles left in the Santa Monica Mountains since 2002.

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.

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 information to volunteer next spring to see how they are doing.

To help out the Turtles, send a check, payable to the RCDSMM Turtle Project, P.O. 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 in time for holiday gift giving, if we receive them by Tuesday, December 21.

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

Happy Holidays from the Creek!