Lecture Description:As the only species of turtle in North America to be capable of living its entire life in brackish (a mix of salt and fresh) water, the diamondback terrapin is a decidedly unique turtle species. Come learn more about these fascinating turtles during a lecture by one of The Wetlands Institute’s research scientists, Brian Williamson. Topics discussed will include basic natural history of the species, the threats that they face, what The Wetlands Institute is doing to study and conserve them, and how you can help terrapins.Background:Founded in 1969 by Herbert Mills, The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit organization located in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Our mission is to promote appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of coastal and wetland ecosystems through programs in research, conservation, and education. The diamondback terrapin will be the subject of a lecture Thursday, April 16 at the Ocean City Free Public LibraryThe Environmental Lecture Series at the Ocean City Free Public Library continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16 with Brian Williamson, research scientist for The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor speaking about diamondback terrapins.The talk will be held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the library. It is free to attend and sponsored by the Ocean City Environmental Commission.