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Meet and Appreciate Snapping Turtles at Boscobel

April 26th, 2019

Plus Bird Walk with Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary Experts


(Garrison, NY – April 2019) – On Saturday, June 1 at 7:30am, Boscobel will host its 25th annual, well-loved Turtle Talk program (previously known as Turtle Walk). Join us bright and early at Boscobel’s Belvedere to meet live—and sometimes huge—snapping turtles. Experts from the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary will give a dramatic presentation about the habits and history of snapping turtles while they introduce you (at a safe distance) to some of the snapping turtles living in Constitution Marsh. Turtles are treated with utmost care and returned to the wild immediately after the event.

Approximately 1,200 snapping turtles live in the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, located just below Boscobel House and Gardens. Every June, female turtles climb up the steep hill to Boscobel’s Great Lawn to lay their eggs, using the claws on their hind feet to scoop out a nest where they will deposit 20-60 eggs, the size and color of ping pong balls. Snapping turtles can live to be 100 years old, weigh up to forty pounds, and grow as long as twelve to fourteen inches.

“We are thrilled to have our own Museum Educator, Lisa DiMarzo, team up with our neighbors from the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary to share knowledge of and love for these fascinating creatures. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the ecological importance of Boscobel’s iconic viewshed,” says Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist.

After the lively presentation, guests are invited to stay for a guided bird walk. While ambling through Boscobel’s woodland trail—a tranquil mile with river views—participants will learn about local bird identification, song, and habitat. Bring a pair of binoculars, some sturdy shoes, and a listening ear.

The event ticket includes admission to 68 acres of Boscobel’s gardens and grounds. Rain or shine. Complimentary coffee, juice, and cider doughnuts included.

Saturday, June 1
7:30am | one-hour program followed by bird walk
Adults $12, Children $8, Under age 5 Free

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