Last weekend I had the pleasure of becoming a Citizen Scientist at the local wild place which I love most: Masonboro Island. I got to ride along in a kayak (okay, paddle along) with two actual scientists from the NC Coastal Reserve; together we observed the waters for any sign of Diamondback Terrapins, the only truly estuarine turtle in North America. For some perspective, I also interviewed Hope Sutton, the Stewardship Coordinator for the Reserve and site manager of Masonboro Island. It was a gorgeous morning on the water, paddling and observing and learning about a local species of special concern which may be vanishing from our local marshes.
Read all about it here.