Pond of Many ColorsI got to see many of my favorite species on this spring-time visit to Ridgefield, such as this western painted turtle poking its head out of its pond of many colors near the Kiwa Trail. Painted turtles are one of only two freshwater turtles native to Washington, the other is the pond turtle which is so rare you're unlikely ever to see one. The painted turtles seem to be doing fine, at least at Ridgefield, where on a sunny spring day I've seen a few dozen just along the auto tour.
Terror in the Hard Shell
One day back in May I came across these turtles talking so quietly I couldn't make out their conversation. A month later across the country a large group of turtles staged a takeover of a runway at JFK.
A coincidence? I don't see how it could be!
The turtles on display here are western painted turtles, one of only two turtles native to the Northwest. The hard-shelled terrorists in New York were diamondback terrapins, proving that the turtle species are putting aside their differences and learning to work together. Even worse, they've taken to Twitter.
We had best be on our guard.