Bog Turtle Transmitters

Help us discover more about one of the lesser-seen creatures in the Parkway, in order to develop strategies for protecting and restoring their environment. 

Photo by David Hill

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Bog turtles are elusive creatures on the Blue Ridge Parkway lands. Bog turtles are elusive creatures on the Blue Ridge Parkway lands. Photo by Jonathan Mays.

Habitat Research

Bog turtles are elusive creatures, difficult to find in summer and hidden in hibernation during the winter. As the smallest and most rare turtles in the United States, the largest bog turtle ever found measured only 4.5 inches. They are listed as "Threatened" by the Endangered Species Coalition

By placing transmitters on turtles within the park, Parkway biologists and managers stand to learn a great deal about the habits and life of this threatened species. The project complements the Parkway’s budding efforts to restore crucial wetlands. 

NC, VA
  • 2,500-10,000
    bog turtles from NY to GA
  • live in 12
    states
  • 20-30 years
    average lifespan

Our Goal is $2,995

Help us learn more about these fascinating creatures.

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Photo by David Hill