Despite conservation woes, Blanding’s turtle keeps smiling

Blanding's Turtle. A Blanding's turtle crosses a road at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area. Blanding's turtles are listed as an endangered species in much of their range. Haag, July 3, 2013.

Among Nebraska’s eight species of native turtles, one that is especially happy-looking gets special attention. The Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is listed as a “tier 1” species in the Natural Legacy Project, Nebraska’s wildlife action plan. That makes it the only turtle species among the state’s animals and plants determined to have the greatest need… Continue reading Despite conservation woes, Blanding’s turtle keeps smiling