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Annual Terrapin Survey

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May 30 - June 10

Terrapin Survey & Training

Every year MCBP hosts an  annual Terrapin Survey and help survey for our State reptile! Click here to learn more about the survey and how you can participate in this citizen science program.

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program has been collecting a variety of data relating to diamondback terrapin populations in the Coastal Bays. Organized terrapin headcount surveys began in 2012 in collaboration with Maryland DNR and other members of the diamondback terrapin work group.

Counts take place both on water and on land. From motorboats to kayaks and SUPs, all are encouraged to participate. Terrapins are the only turtle occupying brackish water, but other turtles, such as snapping turtles, may venture into more brackish water, so it is important that you can identify the correct species. Terrapin Survey Training Presentation

Locations of surveys depend on the number of crews that are available and may take place in all of Maryland’s Coastal Bays. You can register HERE

If you have any questions on this survey, please contact Sandi Smith at

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May 30
June 10
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