Headstarting Turtles—More Food for Thought


  • Harriet Forrester Turtle Rescue of New Jersey




A recently published article, Headstarting Turtles—Another Perspective (Bogard 2007) presented a different viewpoint and referred to three turtle recovery projects, and made other points, as support for headstarting. The information presented here gives more food for thought on the subject.


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Author Biography

Harriet Forrester, Turtle Rescue of New Jersey

Harriet Forrester is a New Jersey state licensed wildlife rehabilitator and the founder of Turtle Rescue of New Jersey.


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How to Cite

Forrester, H. (2008). Headstarting Turtles—More Food for Thought. Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin, 26(1), 36–37. https://doi.org/10.53607/wrb.v26.141



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