Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 2:12
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Mid-Atlantic Turtle Conference Held in Maryland

Chris Swarth
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, MD 20711; Phone:410-741-9330;

More than 160 citizens; representatives from academic, public, and private non-profit organizations; and just plain “turtle folks” turned out for the Conservation and Ecology of Turtles of the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference. The conference, organized and coordinated by the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, took place October 30–31, 1999, at the Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, Maryland. More than 50 biologists highlighted the results of studies on the ecology, biology and behavior of mid-Atlantic turtles. Other sponsoring organizations were the Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society, the Tortoise Reserve, Hudsonia Limited, Fisheries Service of Maryland’s Dept. of Natural Resources (MD DNR) and the Patuxent Research Refuge.

Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Klemens of the Wildlife Conservation Society made a plea for the protection of reptile and amphibian habitats in suburban environments and for conservationists and scientists to get more involved in local land-use planning. In concluding remarks, Dr. Erik Kiviat, Science Director at Hudsonia, Ltd., summarized the conference presentations and identified important areas for future investigations.

Conference proceedings will be published in 2000. For more information about the conference or the proceedings, contact the author.

A Pairwise Comparison of Home Range and Seasonal Movements of Native and Introduced Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina) within the Wildlands of the Baltimore Zoo. Nicole M. Castagna, Lois K. Tiffany, and Don C. Forester.

Natural History and Population Characteristics of Clemmys muhlenbergii at the SHI wetland in Maryland. Steve A. Dinkelacker, James H. Howard, and Thomas P. Wilson.

The Impact of Terrapin Excluders on Commercial Crab Catches. Renae Held and Caralyn Zehnder.

Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) Head-Starting Project in Southern New Jersey. Rosalind Herlands, Roger Wood, Jennifer Pritchard, Heather Clapp and Norman Le Furge.

A Metapopulation Approach to Conservation of Bog Turtles (C. muhlenbergii) in Maryland. James H. Howard, Scott A. Smith, Thomas P. Wilson, and William L. Branch.

Wood Turtle Movements & Habitat Use in Channelized and Undisturbed Sections of a Riverine Corridor in Central Pennsylvania. Joseph Hummer and Teresa Morrison.

Gender Determination of Juvenile Wood Turtles (Clemmys insculpta) - Is It Possible? Todd Hunsinger.

Eastern Box Turtles Benefit from a High Diversity Environment. Michael Marchand, Mike Quinlan and Christopher W. Swarth.

Habitat Restoration for Blanding’s Turtle in New York. Erik Kiviat, Stacey Thew, Robert Brauman, Gretchen Stevens, Sven Heoger, Peter Petokas and Krista Munger.

Proposed Biogeographic History of the Bog Turtle. David S. Lee.

A Comparative Toxicological Analysis of Two New Jersey Diamondback Terrapin Populations. Catherine McIntyre.

Translocation, Rehabilitation and Headstarting of Wood Turtles (C. insculpta) in New York State. Kathy and Rob Michell.

Terrapins and Tires: Road Kill Mortality on the Cape May Peninsula of Southern New Jersey. Caren Mintz.

Status of the Wood Turtle (C. insculpta) on the Coastal Plain of Harford County, Maryland. Kelly Profitt.

Ecological Consequences of Temperature-dependent Sex Determination: Implications for Management and Conservation of the Terrapin (M. terrapin). Willem M. Roosenburg.

Impact of a By-Catch Reduction Device on Terrapin (M. terrapin) and Crab (Callinectes sapidus) Capture in Crab Pots. Willem M. Roosenburg and J. P. Green.

Status and Conservation of the Bog Turtle (C. muhlenbergii) in Maryland. Scott A. Smith.

Determination of the Essential Nutritional Requirements of the American Red-bellied Turtle (Pseudemys rubriventris) during Hatchling Development. Mark Teece, Christopher Swarth, Noreen Tuross, and Marilyn Fogel.

Diet of the Northern Diamondback Terrapin (M. terrapin terrapin). Donna Wilson.

Status and Conservation of the genus Clemmys in Virginia: Prospects for the Future. Thomas P. Wilson, Thomas S. Akre, and Joseph C. Mitchell.

Diamondback Terrapins in New Jersey: A Case Study in the Politics of Conservation. Roger Wood.

Hatching Success of Bog Turtle (C. muhlenbergii) Eggs in Five Pennsylvania Populations under Natural and Laboratory Conditions. Robert T. Zappalorti, Peggy J. Drake, Stephen A. Sykes and Michael E. Torocco.

Two Year Survey of Box Turtles in Lake Needwood Park. Tom Busby.

Microsatellite Marker Development and Applications for Bog Turtle (C. muhlenbergii) Conservation. James H. Howard, Tim L. King, and Scott A. Smith.

Characteristics of a High-Density Eastern Box Turtle Population on Maryland’s Coastal Plain. Mike Quinlan and Christopher Swarth.

Nesting and Nest Site Selection in a Maryland C. muhlenbergii Metapopulation. Thomas P. Wilson, Steve A. Dinkelacker, and James H. Howard.

Habitat Change Detection Analysis and Spatial Ecology of Clemmys guttata in an Isolated Fairfax County Population. Thomas P. Wilson.