The birding was limited, so we left. As we headed back down the road parallel to the Delaware Bay, a woman in the car ahead of us stopped and got out.
The woman was Larissa Smith of Conserve Wildlife Foundation, a wonderful wildlife biologist I've worked with a couple of times. She explained that these tiny terrapins cross this road every late May.
So Patty and I stopped by to see what was happening this year. A lot.
We helped save four of the little turtles -- including three that would have likely been crushed by a giant tractor-trailer headed for a marina.
Alas, we found a few crushed little guys on the way.
There are plenty of Turtle Crossing signs, but I don't think most people who see the signs (or the baby turtles) realize they are trying to avoid terrapins the size of quarters.
A big thank you to Larissa for educating us.