When Towson University biology professor Richard Seigel began looking for the northern map turtle six years ago along the banks of the Susquehanna, the research project was a decidedly down-home affair.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources provided Seigel with so little money for the project that he often went on his own time, taking along his wife and son with the hope of spotting the shy, endangered reptiles. The work was only supposed to last a year, and the expectations were not high. The population hadn’t been surveyed in 17 years, and there hadn’t been many reports of the turtles in the area.[Continue Reading]
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