You are invited to join the Accokeek Foundation for a birthday celebration in honor of Edgar, the farm’s rescued Eastern Box Turtle. We will have refreshments and will be making turtle crafts throughout the day as we learn fun facts about Eastern Box Turtles and their natural habitat. Be sure to join us in the Visitor Center and Museum Gift Shop at 1pm for cake!
If you haven’t yet met Edgar, then you are truly missing out! Edgar is our newest addition to the farm family and when he’s not feeling adventurous, you’ll find him relaxing and hanging about in the Museum Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Recently, Edgar took a trip down to Sandy Point Park to meet with thousands of school kids at the 2011 Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit: Celebrating Children in Nature. Needless to say, he stole the show and won their hearts (he certainly has won our hearts).
Can you think of a great caption to go along with the photo for this week’s Pic of the Week? The above photo was taken while following our friend, Edgar, around the site. We “found” him hanging out in the farmhouse on the National Colonial Farm. You’ll never know where you may find Edgar next!
The Accokeek Foundation Visitor Center reopened earlier this month with a brand new look and a brand new turtle. Edgar is a one-and-a-half pound Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) with red feet and a friendly disposition.
We estimate Edgar to be around 20 years old with quite a long life ahead of him. Indeed, box turtles can live to be over 100! These omnivorous reptiles are native to North America and live in open woodlands, pastures, and marshy meadows.
Box turtles spend much of their lives less than a quarter-mile from the nests in which they were born. While box turtles shouldn’t be removed from their homes or even relocated from one spot to another, Edgar was taken from the wild at such an early age that he would be unable to survive if returned to his natural habitat. So, we’ve adopted him and given him a comfortable home in the Visitor Center’s Discovery Corner.
Come and meet Edgar during the Visitor Center’s operating hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.