This resource was created by Carl Cucchiara, Abigail Schmid, and Kate Reilly.
"When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten, and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money."
Often attributed to the Cree Indigenous Peoples, the quote reminds us that water is precious. Planet earth, despite being coined the “water planet”, has an extremely limited supply of accessible fresh water.
We hope you enjoy reading about just a few of the elements that represent the biodiversity of these interactive systems and perhaps on your next visit to Duke Farms, can make some aquatic discoveries of your own!
Springtime at Duke Farms marks the time when flowers and trees blossom, birds return from their winter hiatus, peepers peep from lakes and rivers, and turtles appear from their underground burrows to bask in the warm sun. Most turtles found at Duke Farms are freshwater aquatic reptiles. They enjoy habitats of shallow ponds surrounded by damp, wet wooded areas. Oftentimes, turtles will bury themselves in the mud with only their eyes and nostrils exposed. There's ample bodies of water on the property - have you seen a turtle on your latest visit?