“Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department is working with Lynnhaven River Now on ways to protect the diamondback’s nesting habitat from human and dog traffic at Pleasure House Point.” Links to more info, & video of a Diamondback laying her eggs.

Read Mary Reid Barrow’s article at Pilotonline.com:

Only folks who have natural shorelines or natural areas like Pleasure House Point still provide nurseries for these turtles.

Yet another reason why it is vital to always, always keep your dog on a leash so they do not disturb these precious creatures whilst nesting this summer on Pleasure House Point.

Please help protect the Diamondback Terrapins currently nesting on PHP!

From LRNow Field Guide on the Diamondback Terrapin

From LRNow Field Guide on the Diamondback Terrapin

Learn more at LRNow.org about how, with your help, they’re working to protect the Diamondback Terrapin and it’s vital nesting habitat at Pleasure House Point:

Lynnhaven River Now is happy to be working with the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department on ways to protect the diamondback terrapin’s nesting habitat from human and dog traffic at Pleasure House Point.

Visit this link to download the 2 page Diamondback Terrapin Field Guide PDF at LRNow.org.

Visit this Google map of Pleasure House Point, where folks can leave the location, date, time and details of any sightings.

MORE HELPFUL LINKS

  • Learn more at VIMS.
  • Make Your Own BRDs link at VIMS.
  • Visit the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group.
  • Visit Chesapeake Bay Program Diamondback Terrapin page.
  • Terrapin Conservation at the Wetlands Institute
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • “A September 2011 survey of Pleasure House Point found at total of 113 diamondback terrapin nests along the entire property.” So CBF is protecting them.
  • Photo credit: Kevin Dubois

    Photo credit: Kevin Dubois


    Photo Credit: Kevin Dubois

    Photo Credit: Kevin Dubois

    Photo Credit: Leah Graham.  Terrapin Hatchling on the Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project, Talbot County, MD

    Photo Credit: Leah Graham.
    Terrapin Hatchling on the Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project, Talbot County, MD


    You can obviously see how vulnerable a Diamondback Terrapin hatch-ling is!
    PLEASE LEASH YOUR DOG!

    WATCH A DIAMONDBACK HATCH HER EGGS

    A Diamondback Terrapin nest was on the cover of SDCC's final legal argument v. Indigo Dunes

    SDCC’s final legal argument v. Indigo Dunes


    A photo of a Diamondback Terrapin nest was on the cover of SDCC’s final legal argument v. Indigo Dunes.

    This document included hundreds of pages of our legal argument, graphs, charts, photos and more which helped stop Indigo Dunes from receiving any permits eventually leading to PHP’s permanent preservation as a Natural Area.

    Interestingly, this Diamondback Terrapin nest was located where one of the proposed 11 story towers for Indigo Dunes were to go.

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