Diamondback Terrapins

Diamondback Terrapins

Diamondback Terrapin

Terrapin Cage

Diamondback Terrapins, named for the diamond-shaped growth rings on their top shell, are the only U.S. turtles that inhabit brackish water, such as estuaries, tidal creeks, and salt marshes. They spend most of their life in one area, with no long-distance migrations, and stay close to shore, unlike sea turtles. As their habitat decreases in both quality and quantity, so do their numbers. Due in large part to their lack of viable habitat, they are considered to be a “species of concern” in Virginia. Pleasure House Point is a prime environment for the terrapin, making its continued care and enhancement even more significant.
Lynnhaven River Now is happy to be working with the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department on ways to protect the diamondback terrapin’s nesting habitat from human and dog traffic at Pleasure House Point. We have created a Google map of Pleasure House Point where anyone can leave the location, date, time and details of a Diamondback Terrapin sighting. If you’re out walking at Pleasure House Point and see a Diamondback Terrapin, or even an abandoned nest or eggs, add your sighting to the map here by:

  • Signing in to your Google account
  • Clicking on the red “Edit” button on the left hand side of the screen
  • Selecting the balloon shaped symbol from the upper left side
  • Placing it on the map at the approximate location of your sighting

The more information you can give in the description box, the better!

Another protection method we have available for Diamondback Terrapins are crab pot turtle excluders. The curious turtles swim into the crab pot opening and then get stuck and drown. To help save the Diamondback Terrapins, you can easily attach the orange plastic turtle excluders to the crab pot opening with wire. It reduces the height of the opening just enough that turtles with higher shells can’t get in, but crabs can. You can get plastic excluders for your crab pot free at our office at Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Call 962-5398 or email.
View our Pleasure House Point Field Guide featuring the Diamondback Terrapin while you’re out strolling along the banks of the Lynnhaven River.
Click here for Mary Reid Barrow’s Virginian Pilot article about a baby Diamondback Terrapin we found on a LRNow Bird Walk.

Additional Diamondback Terrapin Resources:

EVENTS CALENDAR

April 2018

LRNEXT meeting

April 5, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

April 5, Brock Environmental Center 6pm

Bird Walk

April 7, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Dana@LRNow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

April 7, 7:30 - 9 am

Cancelled due to rain

Waterway Cleanup

April 14, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

April 14th, 9am-noon at MOCA

Volunteer registration is FULL



Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

Stewardship & Access Committee

April 18, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.

 http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/get-involved/

Building a Shared Vision North Landing River/Albemarle Sound Estuarine Symposium

April 19, 2018
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Events

April 19th, 8 AM-4PM
VB Convention Center

North Landing River




The City of Virginia Beach, in affiliation with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is hosting the “2018 North Landing River/Albemarle Sound Estuarine Symposium” on April 19, 2018 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  The one-day event is designed to cultivate stakeholder collaboration, while providing awareness to identifying, protecting, and restoring the significant resources of the North Landing River/Albemarle Sound.  Sample topics of discussion include the cultural history of the North Landing Watershed, an overview of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System, and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between Virginia and North Carolina agencies, non-profits and educational institutions.  Afternoon panel discussions, networking opportunities and poster sessions are also planned.

More information or Register Here


16th Annual Oyster Roast

April 21, 2018
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Events

Saturday April 21st, 2018 12pm-3pm

OYSTER ROAST FLYER 2018

Please join us for the 16th Annual Oyster Roast fundraising event on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12-3pm at the home of Eleanor and Bob Stanton (4141 First Court Road Virginia Beach, Virginia). Enjoy Lynnhaven River aquacultured oysters, barbecue and beverages! Festivities include an oyster shucking contest, yard games, silent auction, live music and raffle prizes! Tickets are $75 per person. $65 Early bird ticket special will run until March 15th. Enter our raffle to win your own oyster roast for 30 people ($10 each). We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please contact Terri Gorman at Terri@lrnow.org or call (757)-962-5398

To purchase your admission and/or raffle tickets please click on the link below:

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/LynnhavenRiverNOW/Oysterroast-16.html
 Oyster roast sponsors 2018