Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 4:28
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Hofstra University Diamondback Volunteer Project. Dr. Russell Burke, Dept. Biology, Hofstra Univ., (516) 463-5521 E-mail: Volunteers are needed to help with a local diamondback terrapin conservation project this spring and summer. Students can receive credit for their participation in this program. You can get a fantastic tan while helping out a species in trouble, get valuable experience with wildlife, and do something for the natural world! Volunteers must have their own transportation to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Gateway National Recreational Area (Brooklyn and Queens). For more information contact the author.

8th Annual Conference of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), to be held in conjunction with the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, on September 19-23, 2001 in Orlando, Florida. Herpetologists, veterinarians, herpetoculturists, veterinary technicians, and students are encouraged to attend. Papers will address medically important aspects of herpetological physiology, anatomy, ecology, husbandry, herpeto-pathology, surgery, anesthesia, parasitology, pharmacology, clinical techniques, and illustrative clinical case reports. For more information, visit http://

International Turtle and Tortoise Symposium will be held January 17-20, 2002 in Vienna, Austria. The primary organizers for this event are Schildkrötenfreunde Österreich (SFÖ), Nederlandse Schildpadden Vereniging (NSV) and the Chelonia 2002 Turtle Center. The symposium is dedicated to increasing our knowledge and understanding of breeding in captive freshwater turtles and tortoises. The international exchange of views and experiences between experts and dedicated hobbyists from different countries and continents will be strongly encouraged. We anticipate that this symposium will be among one of the most significant turtle breeding symposia events ever and therefore should not be missed by anyone with a serious interest in breeding and conservation of turtles.

Conference languages will be English and German with simultaneous translation. Two of the presentations will be given in French with special translations.

A number of activities for accompanying persons will be offered each day. These and the evening programs will have to be paid extra.

Every participant MUST register in advance by letter, fax or E-mail. Participation cannot be guaranteed unless your registration is received by Aug. 31, 2001! Send registration applications to Dr. Harald Artner, Maria Ponsee 32, A-3454 Sitzenberg-Reidling, Austria; Fax: +43-2276-6140, E-mail:

As soon as your registration is received, you will be informed about payment methods including Eurocard/ MasterCard and VISA. After we have received your payment, you will receive the final program and additional information on hotels, supporting programs, etc...

Attendance fees, due this fall, are given in EUROS (E) which equal approximately $0.88US. Deadlines and prices are (before/after Nov. 30)
4-day ticket 80/100E, 4-day ticket members* 40/50E, day ticket 30/40E,
and day ticket members* 15/20 E, *members of SFO, NSV, Chelonia 2002.

Gopher Tortoise Conservation Initiative™, Field Training Program On Gopher Tortoise Management And Mitigation Techniques For: environmental consultants; land managers involved with tortoise management; county and state personnel who are responsible for establishing policy, permit oversight, and mitigation; and researchers involved with gopher tortoises throughout its range.

The goal of these workshops is to provide some guidance and first hand experience in working with gopher tortoises and the uplands habitat, as well, as using techniques such as burrow identification and excavation properly.

The workshops will be held at the Finca de la Tortuga Biological Preserve in Archer, Florida (Directions provided with registration confirmation) on four dates this summer and fall (June 27-29, August 3-5, September 11-13, October 23-25) and two dates to be announced next spring.

The Program: Each session is limited to 12 participants. The program is designed to provide a demonstration and then give participants a chance to work hands-on in the field with the following: Making population estimates, Burrow counts and mapping, Habitat analysis, Forage utilization to determine carrying capacity, Trapping techniques, Burrow Excavation, Use of Burrow Scope and other specialized equipment, Taking blood and other samples, Developing on/off-site uplands & artificial tortoise preserves, Developing Mitigation and Management Plans, and Code of Ethics

Daily Schedule: There will be morning and afternoon field sessions each day. The participants will be split into three small groups and will attend each session on a rotating basis. This will allow for everyone to have maximum hands-on time. A two-hour classroom session will be held at midday for all three days. For details and registration package, contact us via E-mail, phone or fax; numbers are below. Ashton Biodiversity Research & Preservation Institute, Inc. 14260 W. Newberry Rd. #331 Newberry, FL 32669; Phone 352-495-7449; Fax 352-95-7433;;