The Long Island Paddlers, Inc.
 

MEETING SCHEDULE

Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at the Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Located at : 1 South Country Road, Brightwaters, NY 11718  (Click here for Directions)

As always, refreshments are served after the meeting

Next Meeting:

The Diamondback Terrapin
When: April 18, 2017, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

While paddling around Long Island, you may have noticed what looked like a branch protruding from the water. But as you approached, it quickly disappeared. In all likelihood, what you saw was the head of a diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) which lives year-round in coastal marshes, tidal creeks, estuaries, bays and coves. These waters are brackish, meaning they are mixtures of fresh and salt water. Marshes containing salt-marsh cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) are important feeding habitats for terrapins. They feed on invertebrates such as mollusks and crustaceans.

Terrapin populations occur along much of the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the U.S. Although the length of this range covers thousands of miles, terrapins only inhabit the thin strip of estuaries and coastal marshes right along the coast, so their actual range is quite small in area. Adult female terrapins have shells 6-9 inches (15-23 cm) long, while males reach only 4-5 ½ inches (10-14 cm) long.

Join us tonight as Dr. Russell Burke, Biology Department Chairperson at Hofstra University, enlightens us with what we know and don’t know about these shy creatures - the diamondback terrapin.