Turtles take center stage in MDC July 6 online program


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Turtles are a common animal, but many people don’t realize all of the unique adaptations these reptiles use to survive from year to year.

People can learn more about turtles in the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) “Naturalist Notes Virtual Series: Turtles” program, a free virtual event from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on July 6. This online program is part of the MDC’s Naturalist Notes Virtual Series. series of shows in which naturalists share their love for a subject related to nature. This online program is put together by staff at the MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center. People can register at:


Missouri is home to 18 species and one subspecies of turtles. During the July 6 program, Jordanya Raos, MDC Naturalist, will discuss the roles these well-known but often underappreciated reptiles play in the outside world and what people can do to help the turtles. This program is open to all ages.

Although this program is free, registration is required to participate using the link above. Registrants must provide an email, so that a link to the program can be sent to them. This program will include a question and answer period via chat where participants can interact with the presenters.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are hosting virtual programs. A list of these programs is available at mdc.mo.gov/events.

Karen O. Fielding