A number of New York Turtle & Tortoise Society members met up this past Saturday in Central Park. Purpose: to look for turtles!
We were led by turtle conservationists Pete Warny and Jay Westerveld, who first took us to Turtle Pond, right by the Delacourte Theater.
It was a beautiful, warm day and dozens of turtles were basking right below the observation deck.
Climbing to the top of Belvedere Castle, which overlooks the pond, we saw even more turtles, mostly red-eared sliders.
From there we walked over to Bethesda Fountain and Central Park Lake and saw turtles galore.
The sad part of the story is that most of these animals are pets that have been abandoned by their owners when they grew too large, or the owners grew tired of caring for them. Still, these are NYC survivors!
Short video here: http://youtu.be/naNKy6uNqLY