Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Lake Maria State Park will present its annual turtle program at the park's nature center beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19.
Herpetologist Jim Gerholdt will be the featured speaker at the event which will include identification of turtle species, turtle habitat, turtle behavior, environmental considerations, and the status of the Blanding's turtle, a threatened species in Minnesota. Live turtles will be on display and will include a Blanding's and a painted turtle.
"Lake Maria is one of few locations in the state where Blanding's turtles live, so we need to provide protection to assure their survival," says Mark Crawford, park manager at Lake Maria. "Education is an important element in this recovery, so this is an excellent program for adults and children."
There is no fee for the program, but a $5 daily vehicle permit will be charged for those without an annual permit. Annual permits can be bought at the park for $25, and are accepted at all state parks.
Lake Maria State Park is located approximately seven miles norhwest of Monticello, five miles north of Maple Lake and 10 miles northeast of Annandale on Wright County Highway 111. For more information about park activities and directions, call the park at (763) 878-2325, or visit its website at www.mnstateparks,info.