- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to help clean up beaches for the threatened spiny softshell turtle.

The annual event is taking place Saturday, starting at North Hero State Park.

Volunteers will be pulling up vegetation on beaches where turtles nest to prepare the sites for next spring. They may also find hatchlings remaining in nests underground.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologist Steve Parren will have recently hatched turtles with him and will discuss his long-term recovery efforts with the species.

Some of the hatchlings will be raised at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington and be released back into Lake Champlain next spring.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at North Hero State Park between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.


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