Emys marmorata Found In The Bull Run Watershed
The Bull Run Watershed is the primary drinking water supply in Portland. A Portland Water Bureau watershed specialist came across a western pond turtle while he was working. The turtle was crossing the road where either side is just dense forest and is located at least 1 mile away from any pond or waterbody. This turtle is the first turtle ever found in the Bull Run Watershed and it is also the first turtle of its kind to be found in the Mt Hood National Forest.
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Photo from Atlantic Wildlife Institute