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Kay Center III: Eastern Box Turtle

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After a nature photography event at The Nature Conservancy's Kay Center headquarters in Chester, NJ, on Saturday, I wandered the many trails along the edge of fields and through woods.

I was happily surprised to encounter an Eastern Box Turtle on one of the paths. If I see one of these a year, I consider myself lucky.  They are seen rarely at the Celery Farm.

I took a few photos and went on my way, a happy man ...

In New Jersey, they are a species of special concern.

More on Eastern Box Turtles, from the Conserve Wildlife Foundation, here.