The Sebasticook Regional Land Trust's Monthly Speaker Series continues this year with Greg LeClair, a senior from Unity College’s wildlife biology program, discussing wood turtles Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at 93 Main Coffee House.

The wood turtle is a beautiful, medium-sized turtle native to the northeastern United States. The turtle can be found in or near Maine’s slow-moving streams and rivers, eating invertebrates and vegetation, but it currently appears to be declining throughout its range. Federal and state agencies are working hard to determine whether the turtle deserves to be listed as endangered — is this really the case?

Since 2015, Unity College students and professors have been tackling this question. Through field surveys, population viability analyses, and habitat assessments, a picture is slowly starting to develop as they gain a clearer understanding in their local area.

LeClair will review our local turtle population and take a look at the future of wood turtles.

SRLT programs in this series are open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested. Programs take place on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at 93 Main Coffee Shop, 93 Main St., Unity. For more information, email or call 948-3766.