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The Balsam Mountain Trust inspires people to be responsible stewards of the natural and cultural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains through education and conservation leadership.

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Balsam Mountain Trust
Balsam Mountain TrustWednesday, October 20th, 2021 at 1:00pm
For this week’s #wildwednesday we’d like to highlight a cute little guy, the River Cooter (Pseudemys concinna). You can see these guys anytime you go kayaking on any river nearby.

#FunFact: River cooters (like most freshwater turtles) have cloacal bursae which are little sacks in their rear-end that allow greater exchange of gasses such as oxygen and are responsible for about 48% of underwater respiration. So they can breathe through their derriere!

Photo Credit: Kala Murphy King

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$ Raised for Trust Conservation Grant

Schools in Adopt-a-School Program

People Reached in 2018

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