Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate Turtle Hatch Day at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery on Saturday August 24, where they will greet the new generation of turtle tots, complete with birthday cake, and other refreshments. There will also be plenty of turtle crafts, as well as question and answer session with the knowledgeable staff. The fun begins at 2pm.
Admission is $4 for kids and seniors 65+, and $6 for adults. Kids under 3-years old get in free.
The Hatchery currently has approximately 65 adult turtles, including musk turtles (aka stinkpots or stinkin’ Jims because of the odor they emit when frightened), as well as painted turtles.
According to director Steve DeSimone, the females climb out of the outdoor ponds to lay their eggs in an adjacent sandy area. “They usually lay a clutch of about 20 eggs each. Once they are done, our employees dig up the eggs and incubate them for two months until they are ready to hatch. We usually get about 150 eggs each season,” he added.
This year the hatchery made arrangements to have video cameras to pinpoint exactly where the eggs were buried and is thinking about using video fee to let people view the hatchlings as they poke their way out of their eggs and “wiggle into the world.”
Located at 1660 Rte. 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, the Hatchery boasts the “largest living collection of New York freshwater reptiles,” and offers school-age children the opportunity to participate in a number of educational programs such as
such as Fins and Jaws, Habitats and Life Cycles on the elementary school level, while middle school students can learn about Pond Life and Freshwater Ecology. In addition, The Hatchery’s seasonal Egg Stripping program gives students the chance to view the “ centuries-old technique of fish breeding: egg taking and fertilization.”For more information call 516 6923-6768.