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Blanding's turtle - USFWS.

The refuge is attempting to control purple loosestrife by releasing host-specific beetles – insects that feed only on this invasive plant and pose no threat to the wetland ecosystem. Refuge biologists are conducting a number of population surveys and inventories focusing on American woodcock, marsh birds, breeding birds, frogs and toads. Refuge staff maintains 25 to 30 acres of presently existing old field/shrub habitat by mowing every three to five years. Managers are also working to maintain wetlands—valuable habitat for species. Managers maintain nesting habitat for the Blanding’s turtle, which is considered by the state to be threatened in Massachusetts.
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2013
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