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It happens periodically during the year at Nahant Marsh in Davenport. Conservation biologist Mik Holgersson and a group of college student interns conduct turtle surveys at the marsh.

They set traps, and recently captured  several snapping turtles and painted turtles.

They identify the turtles, studied their habitat, and food preferences.

About nine hundred turtles have been individually marked. There are five species of turtles at Nahant.

Jaelin Smith is one of the interns who has been involved in the summer research. He says the cleanup process that took place is an indication that the cleanup of lead on the property has allowed for the growth of the turtle population.

At one time, there was a shooting range near Nahant Marsh. Groups of volunteers spent years helping to clean the marsh and remove the lead. As a result, it has become a haven for wildlife in that section of Davenport. 

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