On September 30, word spread among regular park goers that Nest #3, where we witnessed the first adult female laying her eggs in June, was showing movement. Yes! One tiny but perfect Snapping Turtle was fighting to dig out of the dried mud. One after another, over hours, 30 young emerged from the ground through the same hole. There were key members of the Turtle Monitoring group onsite, and others stayed to ensure the youngsters safely made it to the water's edge.
Report on protected Snapping Turtle nests:
Nest 1--no sign of activity as of 15 October
Nest 2--eggs lost to predation
Nest 3--30 young turtles hatched and released successfully
Nest 4--the nest protector has disappeared! FOSS did not remove it.