Charles Carroll Students to Return Turtles to Poplar Island
Release Date: 4/28/2009 11:24:19 AM
Fifth grade students at Charles Carroll Elementary School have been conducting a scientific study of diamondback terrapins during this school year. The turtles will be returned to their birthplace, Poplar Island, on Friday, May 15, 2009.
The students adopted two turtles for a six-month period beginning in November. They researched the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and decided to name the turtles Pamunkey and Susquehanna. The fifth graders researched the diamondback terrapin and became experts in the areas of food, habitat, babies, Poplar Island, and the physical turtle. They created pamphlets about their area of expertise and invited all of the other classrooms to visit and learn about the turtles. Throughout the six months, students have kept data regarding the growth of the terrapins and have created graphs to display the data. The data has been sent each month to the scientist in charge of the research project.
In preparation for the release of the turtles on May 15, students are being interviewed or are writing essays to persuade teachers and administrators that they should be chosen to attend the release. Only sixteen students will be able to go on the field trip to Poplar Island, which is being funded by Outdoor School. The students will take a tour and learn more about the island, which is located just off the Chesapeake Bay coastline in Talbot County, Maryland.