As many know Art is no longer able to keep up with the Turtle Nesting Habitats that the Rocky Mountain Naturalists created many years ago (to prevent turtle mortality crossing Highway 3/95). As a result of last years flooding the main portion has been completely devastated. Greg has been working to remove the reeds that have washed up onto the nesting areas and making access channels through the reeds. The habitat fence is also in poor shape and needs repair and weeds are slowly encroaching. The Nature Trust summer crew have been a great help in placing more sand and cleaning the site.
The water levels are at the lowest I have ever seen as no stop blocks have been added to the weir this year. Everyone is likely nervous after the flooding last year. Also it was noticed that someone has driven right up the the weir area causing a real mess. Perhaps a barrier could be placed here?
The entrance covers were taken of of the duck boxes the first week of April and looking forward to seeing how many will get used. There was an old one without a cover and when checking it a female Common Goldeneye came flying out.
Looking forward to the Annual Turtle Day event coming up on May 12th again being hosted by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.
Due to the flooding last year over the turtle nesting area there is a lot of work to be done to remove the reed beds that are up on the nesting area and restore some of the sand.
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