Family volunteers to help pull turtle traps

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CDT; updated 6:56 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 19, 2014
Helping the Missouri Conservation Department to catch and catalog turtles became a family affair for the Jones Family. Volunteer Robert Jones brought his son Zach and three grandchildren Aiden, Bella and Rylan along with him to help trap turtles at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Center on Wednesday. The department captures the turtles in traps and then quickly catalogs them to help estimate information such as population and returns the turtles to the water. Volunteering is open to everyone.

MCBAINE – Turtle trapping became a family affair when a father brought his son and three grandchildren to volunteer with the Missouri Department of Conservation at Eagle Bluffs on Wednesday.

The Conservation Department placed traps in pools at Eagle Bluffs on Tuesday; on Wednesday, volunteers of all ages gathered at Eagle Bluffs Headquarters to help pull the traps from the pools and help process the turtles' information into their database.

Robert Jones volunteered for turtle trap recovery last year with his wife after learning about it from a friend at their church who was involved with the Conservation Department. He enjoyed it so much that he told his son, Zach Jones, that he should bring along his three children, Aiden Jones, 10, Bella Jones, 9, and Rylan Jones, 5, to help. 

"I'm trying to find fun activities for the kids to do this summer," Zach Jones said.

Zach Jones believes this kind of activity helps the kids learn something new while out of school, and his children enjoyed the experience.

Rylan Jones said his favorite part was being able to hold the different kinds of turtles.

Anyone can get involved in volunteer turtle trapping. For more information, email Vic Bogosian at

Read more about Bogosian's passion for turtles in this Q&A published by Vox.

Supervising editor is Peter Marek.

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