Volunteers at the North Hero State Park expressed their support last Saturday to one of the state’s most threatened species, the spiny softshell turtle.
The spiny softshell turtle uses the shores of Lake Champlain for nesting sites. Volunteers cleared the vegetation on the beaches in North Hero and Swanton to prepare for egg-laying next spring.
Some of the hatchlings will be raised by the Echo Leahy Center for Lake Champlain while they are still vulnerable. This is to ensure that there is a high survival rate for this protected species of turtle. They’ll be released back to the beaches next spring.