Lake Oswego prepares for 'Turtle Talk'
Lake Oswego residents have the opportunity to learn about native turtles at the Lakewood Center for the Arts this month.
On World Turtle Day, Sunday, May 23, people can enjoy artwork related to turtles and a "Turtle Talk" showcasing live turtles on the deck of the Lakewood, 368 S. State St. The goal of the event, which is in partnership with The Wetlands Conservancy, is to spread awareness about identifying and protecting native turtles.
According to a press release sent by Lakewood, Oregon's native turtles are listed as "sensitive/critical." In Washington, they're considered endangered.
World Turtle Day was founded by the American Tortoise Rescue team of Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson in California in 2000.
"The purpose of World Turtle Day is to educate people about turtles and what they can do to protect them and their habitats in the future," the press release read. "This day is celebrated in various ways all over the world. People dress up as turtles, get actively involved in turtle rescue projects, resources are made available to schools or simply wear green in honor of turtles."
People can view the artwork and talk to the artists from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations will be free and are required for the 2-3 p.m. "Turtle Talk" with Dr. Laura Guderyahn and turtle specialist Ashley Smithers.
Four turtles — a native Western Pond Turtle, Painted Turtle, an invasive Red-Earred Slider and an invasive Snapping Turtle — will be shown and discussed at the event.
The artwork presented will range from sculptures to ceramics and drawings. Artists include Marta Farris, Emily Miller, Jan Rimerman, Sandy Visse, Candace Wilson, Jim Wylder and Kris Zorko.
Reservations are limited to 50 people and 25% of the art proceeds are donated by the artists to aid in restoration of the Nyberg Wetlands for the Western Pond Turtle.
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