On Sunday, August 11th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Whitewater State Park will be offering a training session for those interested in volunteering with the Blanding's Turtle Rescue Project.
The training will begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center with a series of indoor presentations followed by a field trip to Weaver Dunes Preserve near Kellogg for a site tour.
Each June, female Blanding's turtles temporarily leave the wetlands at McCarthy Lake Wildlife Management Area and cross over Wabasha County Road 84 to their sandy nesting grounds at Weaver Dunes Preserve. In September, hatchling turtles cross the road in search of nearby wetlands.
The road is a major access route for recreationists and many turtles of various species are killed each year along this stretch.
The Blanding's turtle population at Weaver Dunes is one of the most significant in North America and the efforts of volunteers with the Turtle Rescue Project help ensure the population will remain significant.
For safety reasons, it is suggested that volunteers be at least ten years old. To sign up for the training, contact Sara Grover at sara.groverstate.mn.us.