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Western Pond Turtle Release Turtle haven preserve, JULY 30, 2020

Photos by Richard Kolbell, Vince Ready (Lasting Light Photography), and Natasha Stone

Partners assemble at Turtle Haven to prepare for turtle release.

This program to conserve the Gorge's endangered western pond turtle population is a partnership between Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Oregon Zoo.

Heading for the pond.

Preparing for the big moment!

Sara Woods (left), Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust Stewardship Coordinator, with Kiara McAdams, U.S. Forest Service Biological Science Technician.
Friends Community Engagement Specialist Natasha Stone (left) and Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Assistant Wildlife Biologist Carly Wickhem prepare turtles for release.

Home free!

Video courtesy of the Oregon Zoo.