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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Peconic Estuary Partnership's June Citizen's Advisory Committee co-hosted by Seatuck and Dr. Russell Burke of the Jamaica Bay Terrapin Project! If you were unable to attend the workshop event, don't worry! We have the recorded Zoom meeting alongside the presentation given here for you to access and download.

Zoom Recording - Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring Workshop 06/05/2020

Powerpoint Presentation - Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring Workshop 06/05/2020

Download Seatuck's "Mini Field Guide" for on-the-go surveying!

This field guide includes natural history facts, ID tips, and important contact information of wildlife rescues you can reach out to if you are witnessing a terrapin injured or in distress.

Wonder where other citizen scientists are surveying for diamondback terrrapins?

Navigate through our NEW survey site map! Click on the red dots to learn when, where, and what terrapins are doing all over Long Island. 

Click here for mobile viewing

Ready to submit terrapin sightings of your own?

Click the link or scan the QR code below!

Click here to access the Diamondback Terrapin Watch app from your browser

UPDATE: Please submit all terrapin photos via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. versus submitting them directly into the survey. Thank you!

Have all of your citizen science surveys in one place! Download the free Survey 123 mobile app from your phone providor's app store. Scan the QR code (like the one below) with your phone's camera for all of the surveys you're interested in and the app houses them all in one place!

Diamondback Terrapin Watch 2

Join the community!

Make sure to follow @LIDiamondbackTerrapinWatch on Facebook to share photos, information, and updates with other community scientists around Long Island.

 Who's TED?

It's not who's TED, it's what! A TED is an acronym for, Terrapin Excluder Device. These devices are attached to non-collapsable crab pots or traps that prevent diamondback terrapins from getting stuck inside which would normally lead to drowning. Thanks to the DEC's interactive map below, you can see where TED's must be used on Long Island.

Click here for mobile viewing 


Want to learn more about TED's?

Make sure to watch, "Save the Terrapins" by The Nature Conservancy, for an inside look into the life of a Long Island bayman who explains how he uses TED's and why.


The Diamondback Terrapin Watch is organized through the Long Island Diamondback Terrapin Working Group, a coalition of governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and academic institutions working to advance Terrapin conservation.

For more information on the Diamondback Terrapin Watch, where to get TED's, and how to conduct a monitoring workshop in your area, please contact Seatuck’s John Turner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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