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Give-A-Day for the Bays:Terrapins

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May 1 - May 31

May we celebrate Terrapins!

Give-A-Day: Terrapin Survey & Training

For this month’s “Give-A-Day” back to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, we encourage you to participate in our 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. MCBP conducts several trainings prior to the count. 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 are trained to identify the correct species.

Locations of surveys depend on the number of crews that are available and may take place in all of Maryland’s Coastal Bays. If you are interested in participating in the survey, please contact Katherine Phillips at

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Become a member of the Coastal Bays Foundation and donate online securely through PayPal. Your financial contribution will go toward protecting our watershed, its habitat, and wildlife. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; all donations are tax deductible.