BRISTOL — Join the Newfound Lake Region Association’s Watershed Stewards for the Turtle Trek, a guided paddle on Newfound Lake that focuses on the turtle species we can find in New Hampshire on Tuesday, July 15. Paddlers will meet at the picnic area of Grey Rocks Conservation Area at 9 a.m. for a two-hour paddle exploring the north end of Newfound Lake and the mouth of the Cockermouth River, an area abundant with turtles.

This program is free and appropriate for all ages; anyone who is interested in turtles or simply wants to spend time out on the water is welcome to join. Be sure to bring plenty of water, a snack or two, sunscreen, and binoculars if desired. Participants must bring their own kayaks or canoes for the paddle. Register at NewfoundLake.org/events.

Participants will learn about the various turtle species  and how to identify them. Paddlers will scout for turtles making themselves comfortable on stray logs, though of course we’ll be careful not to disturb them. Now that turtle nesting season is upon us, participants will also learn how to safely and helpfully handle turtles as they cross roads and developed areas on their way to and from nesting sites. 

For more information about the NLRA, upcoming events, and this year’s Watershed Stewards, please visit NewfoundLake.org.

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