Turning Turtle

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MANCHESTER -- A compelling addition to the award-winning "Scientists in the Field" series explores the leatherback sea turtle's remarkable natural history and recounts the extraordinary efforts by scientists trying to save them.

Dr. Kimberly Stetwart, also known as the Turtle Lady of St. Kitts, is already waiting at midnight when an 800-pound leatherback sea turtle crawls out of the Caribbean surf and onto the sandy beach. The mother turtle has a vital job to do: Dig a nest in which she will lay eggs that will hatch into part of the next generation of leatherbacks. With only one in a thousand of the eggs for this critically endangered species resulting in an adult sea turtle, the odds are stacked against her and her offspring. Join author and photographer Steve Swinburne Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Northshire bookstore, for a journey through history to learn how sea turtles came to be endangered, and what scientists like Stetwart are doing to save them.

Stephen Swinburne is the author of numerous children's books about nature, including "Safe, Warm, and Snug," illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey, and "Once a Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf," with photographs by Jim Brandenburg. A lifelong naturalist, he lives in South Londonderry.

For more information on this and other events, call 802-362-2200, or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore's website at www.northshire.com.


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