Habitat Restoration

Wilkinson Ecological Design teamed up with the Orleans Conservation Trust, the Wellfleet Bay Audubon Sanctuary and the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program for a landscape-scale restoration effort. The collective goal to try and save the near extirpated population of the Endangered Diamondback Terrapin, while also restoring what was arguably the most severely invaded property in the Town of Orleans.

After removing nearly every upland invasive species found on Cape Cod, sowing native grassland and planting clusters of maritime shrubs, female Diamondback Terrapins were prospecting for nest sites only a few short months after the initial work was complete. By 2009, and in every subsequent year since, terrapins have successfully been hatching out baby turtles every summer.