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All About Frogs and Turtles

7 Lakes Alliance recently hosted Maine Master Naturalist Paul Powers for a series of webinars to learn about Maine’s native frogs and turtles and how we can all live in better harmony with these spectacular species.

Amphibians were the first vertebrates to colonize the land, evolving around 370 million years ago, and have since survived four mass extinction events. Don’t let them go in this one! Many of Maine’s native amphibians and reptiles are facing severe habitat loss and fragmentation, among other threats, and over 70 percent of Maine’s native freshwater turtles are listed by the state as either endangered, threatened, or under special concern. By conserving lands and protecting the watershed, 7 Lakes Alliance is helping to preserve vital habitat for Maine’s wildlife, including frogs and turtles. Get involved!

If you missed the live events, don’t worry! You can watch the recorded sessions below. 

Toads & Frogs, June 24th

How many different frogs does Maine have? What really is the difference between a frog and a toad? Can toads really give you warts? In this presentation, Paul explores Maine’s native frog species, weaving stunning photography, fun facts, and bonus quiz questions into a discussion about Maine’s frogs and the important role they play in the stability of our natural ecosystems.

Maine’s Native Freshwater Turtles, July 2nd

Did you know that Wood Turtles hunt by stomping the ground with alternating hits of the left and right front feet? This behavior is thought to mimic the sound of rain, causing earthworms to rise to the surface and become quick prey. In Maine’s Native Freshwater Turtles, Paul features Maine’s often forgotten but absolutely marvelous native turtles, covering life cycle, seasonal activities, State Status, and how we can all live in better harmony with Maine’s freshwater turtles.


About Paul Powers, Maine Master Naturalist

Paul grew up in Pennsylvania and has always been captivated by nature and wildlife. He has been a wildlife photographer for the past 20 years which has taken him to many places and allowed him to become involved in many environmental projects. Paul uses his photography as an educational tool and donates many of his works to centers and institutions to promote preservation of our wildlife and raise funds for rehabilitation. He has also furthered his education by becoming certified as an Environmental Educator and a Maine Master Naturalist. Paul now resides in Maine with his wife and three dogs and travels the state working with organizations to promote living in harmony with our wildlife.



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