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CSH Fish Hatchery Turtle & Tortoise Pageant

Kids love the baby turtles at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Photo by N. Borowick.

Kids love the baby turtles at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. Photo by N. Borowick.

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, has extended its sign up deadline for the Turtle & Tortoise pageant, scheduled for Saturday, June 1. The new deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday May 31.

The event is open to all turtle and tortoise owners.  The set up time takes place at 11:00 a.m. on Sat. June 1; judging begins at 11:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. and there will be an awards ceremony.  Animals must be in an enclosure provided by their owners.  In addition to the Pageant, a presentation of live exotic reptiles and amphibians by the Long Island Herpetological Society will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. the same day. For further information and to register for the Pageant, contact the Hatchery at 516-692-6768.

The Hatchery, which after 99 years of operation as a State facility, opened as a private non-profit educational institution in 1982.  Its visitors can tour two aquarium buildings which house many species of freshwater fish, aquatic reptiles and amphibians, all native to New York.  There are six outdoor ponds where brook and rainbow trout are raised and sold to enthusiasts who use them to stock their ponds.  In addition to the trout ponds, the Hatchery also maintains a warm water fish pond and a turtle pond.  Catch & Keep Trout Fishing is a popular addition to Hatchery activities.  The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is open year round, seven days a week, from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June, July and August, open until 6: 00 p.m.

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