CBF Seeks Volunteers to Protect Diamondback Terrapins at Pleasure House Point

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – In a proactive effort to protect and enhance wildlife at Pleasure House Point, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) staff and volunteers will establish a temporary protective perimeter to steer diamondback terrapins away from CBF’s Brock Environmental Center construction site.

“Although diamondback terrapins tend to nest closer to the water’s edge and our site is 200 feet inland, this barrier will ensure turtles don’t nest in the construction area this spring,” said Chris Moore, CBF Hampton Roads Senior Scientist who is heading up the project.

CBF is recruiting about a dozen physically fit volunteers to help with this unique, important effort.  Staff and volunteers will secure an approximately 1,100-foot-long barrier of six-inch corrugated black tubing around the construction zone. Moore said this type of barrier system has been used successfully by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to steer terrapins from human activity.

Volunteers are needed May 21, May 24, and May 28, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at Pleasure House Point and must register in advance by sending an e-mail to hamptonroads@cbf.org or call 757/622-1964.

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