I got the gig.
I'm an official Citizen Scientist. Courtesy of the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, I am now a Turtle Monitor. I count turtles.
Mountain Lake is the only natural freshwater lake inside the city limits of San Francisco. When the US Army pulled out in 1994, the lake water was dirty and dark brown from steeping in decades of eucalyptus debris. Native species had long since disappeared, replaced by carp, crayfish and red-eared slider turtles.
In 2014, the Presdio Trust began a major effort to restore the lake's ecology. In 2016, some landmark species were reintroduced - Three Spined Stickleback fish, Pacific Chorus Frogs, and Western Pond Turtles.
How are the turtles doing? That's where I come in. I watch, and I count. Watch this space for breaking turtle news.