This is the Year of the (Bog) Turtle for conservationists


This may be the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, but for naturalists around the country 2011 is the Year of the Turtle —including, of course, the Tri-state region’s most famous herpetological specimen: the bog turtle.

These miniscule creatures, which are among the smallest turtles in the world, have outsized power despite their size. They’ve helped put the brakes on plans for everything from horse paddocks to houses to the luxury golfing community planned (at one time) for North Canaan and Norfolk.

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