On October 19, 2009 box turtle #25 was found by Cattledog Diggy as we returned from monitoring the nest on our driveway. We attached our first transmitter. She was first found on May 28, 2009 in much the same spot, off to the side of the bend in our shale driveway. On June 29 she was found digging on the driveway at 5 pm. By 6 pm she had abandoned the site, and was seen heading into the woods the next morning. On June 26 she was seen about 400 paces down the driveway, heading very fast into the woods. We have named her Jill in honor of our neighbor with whom we share the driveway. She went into hibernation in the woods several hundred feet from our October sighting.
#25 stayed in her hybernaculum all winter and was discovered 625 feet away on May 7, 2010. She was hunkered down in shady vegetation and I was glad I didn't need to take photos to ID her. I just said hello, I'm very happy to see you, have a nice day. She stayed in the general area until June 28, when I found her walking down the main road! I returned her to where I had last seen her and I don't think that she went back to the road. We think that she nested on the shale road and then remained in the general area until retiring to her hybernaculum in the woods, several hundred feet from her hybernaculum of 2009.
#1, Alpha was outfitted with a tiny transmitter on May 4, 2010 As was #26 on May 24, 2010, shown in a "form" for the night. Can you find her transmitter?
Alpha has been a very interesting turtle! She is the first turtle we found in May 2005, right in the middle of the driveway near the garage. In 2008 she appeared far down the shale road, and in 2010 we found her in the rear of our field on May 3. After that we lost the signal and blamed it on inadequate equipment :-) (Apologies to ATS) What a surprise when we received an email from the DEC on June 16 reporting that she had been found by a resident of a road 2/3 miles away!! Further monitoring leads us to believe that she laid her eggs next to someone's mailbox there, then returned the 2/3 miles back to our field, and remains in a nearby brush pile for the winter.
#26, found for the second year in a row on our driveway in spring, was monitored as she traveled all spring and summer up and down the driveway and into the woods, over to the shale road, and finally to the woods on the other side of the shale road where she has hunkered down for the winter. We believe that she laid her eggs on the shale road.
#55, a small female fitted with a transmitter in 2012. #25 has also been recovered and given a new transmitter. #26 had her transmitter removed, and one was attached to #55