A team of experts is trying to entice some rare turtles to sun themselves on platforms in Lake Champlain. The soft-shelled turtles are considered a threatened species. Concerns about their well-being have delayed plans to replace the Missisquoi Bay bridge for two years.
The state Fish and Wildlife Department placed several restrictions on the project. One of those was building platforms so that the turtles wouldn’t be hurt by the long-awaited project. State officials wanted proof that turtles were actually using the platforms. But so far the turtles aren’t going for it. Organizers say they’ll try to find ways to make the platforms more attractive to turtles so they can move forward with the project.