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What it takes to save the turtles

A man holds a baby turtle before releasing it into the sea during a campaign to save sea turtles on Lampuuk beach in Aceh Besar, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012.
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A man holds a baby turtle before releasing it into the sea during a campaign to save sea turtles on Lampuuk beach in Aceh Besar, Indonesia, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Sea turtles in Indonesia have long suffered from poaching for their meat, fat, shells and eggs.

Turtles are among one of the oldest reptiles to walk the planet. Although turtles often live long lifespans and are among some of the most resilient animals on the planet,human presence has meant a huge threat to their species. 

In her new book Of Time and Turtles, Sy Montgomery says turtles live “slow.” She spent time working with the people who have dedicated their lives to rehabilitating these fascinating creatures, and she joins us to talk about her book.

And Matt Patterson, fellow turtle lover, illustrator of this book and their accompanying picture book The Book of Turtles, joins us too. He is also a wildlife artist and sculptor.

We'll learn about what’s being done to care for and protect these animals.

GUESTS:

  • Sy Montgomery: Author of Of Time and Turtles
  • Matt Patterson: Illustrator of The Book of Turtles and wildlife artist

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Cat Pastor contributed to this show which originally aired October 3, 2023.

An illustration of a New England Painted Turtle by Matt Patterson
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An illustration of a New England Painted Turtle by Matt Patterson

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Tess is a senior producer for Connecticut Public news-talk show Where We Live. She enjoys hiking Connecticut's many trails and little peaks, gardening and writing in her seven journals.
Catherine is the Host of Connecticut Public’s morning talk show and podcast, Where We Live. Catherine and the WWL team focus on going beyond the headlines to bring in meaningful conversations that put Connecticut in context.