I fell in love with a turtle today.
so much to discover in the world
dear northern turtle
your Salvador Dali mustache smile
Blanding your name
mesmerized I watched
your neck stretch to snake-like length,
skin palpitating with each breath.
May we all fall in love
to protect and care for you
may you flourish forever.
Blanding’s Turtle may be seen at the Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Lake, MN. Named after the naturalist William Blanding, this species was classified as a threatened turtle in MN in 1984. Blanding’s Turtle may live over 70 years, making it one of the longest lived turtles. Please watch this video from the Ontario Wildlife Video Series.