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Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 5:27-28
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter


Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists will be held July 3-8, 2002 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. It is being hosted by the Univ. of Kansas. The deadline for preregistration is May 3. For further information, please visit www.dce.ksu.edu/dce/cl/2002jointmeeting.

2002 meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology will be held July 14 - 19, at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent at Canterbury in UK. It is the Society’s 16th annual meeting, and will be co-hosted by the British Ecological Society. For more details, see the 2002 meeting website: http://www.ukc.ac.uk/anthropology/dice/scb2002/

2nd International Congress on Chelonian Conservation will be held June 18 - 22, 2003 in Senegal. Abstracts are requested as soon as possible, but the deadline is September 31, 2002. The conference will be held in English with French translations. Regular registration is $180 US while students are $90 US. For further information visit www.tortues.com, E-mail: soptom@soptom.com, call (33) 04 94 78 36 41 or fax (33) 04 94 78 24 27.

Herpetological key for Long Island and the surrounding islands, developed by Russell Burke and Jeremy Feinberg, can be found at http://people.hofstra.edu/faculty/russell_l_burke/HerpKey/MainHerpPage.html.

Two scholarships for a 10-week course (May-Aug) at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbour, New Jersey are being offered to Southeast Asian undergraduates by the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society. Applicants must have completed their 1st year of tertiary education in biology or zoology. To complete an on-line application form, go to www.nytts.org.

The Turtle Ecology Program will expose interns to basic field techniques, data collection and analyses. The program is aimed at developing the capability of the individuals to establish conservation, education and awareness program in Southeast Asia. Program participants will be encouraged to form an organizational network that will assist them in protecting Asian turtles. The foreign students will join 12 local undergraduates on a field trip to the Chelonian Research Institute in Oviedo, Florida, which has the most extensive collection of turtle specimens in the world. They will also visit the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and the American Museum of Natural History.

Upcoming Workshops from the Gopher Tortoise Conservation Initiative: GTCI is a program of the Ashton Biodiversity Research & Preservation Institute, Inc. and is involved with creating cooperative, mutually beneficial, and economically reasonable solutions to gopher tortoise problems. We are located near Archer, Florida.

Mitigation and Management Techniques Workshop is designed to provide professionals with an intense, 3 day experience working hands-on with gopher tortoises. The workshop will include burrow identification tips, a demonstration of proper excavation, and . April 17-19, May 8-10, and June 5-7, 2002. 9am-6pm.

Land Managers Workshop is designed for private landowners, land managers, county/govt. personnel involved with mitigation, and/or park, state, and federal employees involved in land management. This will provide them with new information on gopher tortoise natural history and will also give them the opportunity to review or develop management plans using techniques to conserve gopher tortoises. This will also promote the Gopher Tortoise Reserve Program created to further conserve and manage for gopher tortoise survival. July 13, 2002. 10am-4pm.

Gopher Tortoise Mitigation and Management Techniques Workshop - designed for environmental consultants, land managers involved with tortoise management, county/state personnel responsible for establishing policy, and other professionals involved with gopher tortoises. This intense, three-day workshop involves hands-on experience with field methods concerning gopher tortoises and other species present in their burrows. It also includes burrow identification techniques and a proper excavation demonstration. April 17-19, May 8-10, and June 5-7, 2002.

The registration deadline is 3 weeks prior to each workshop. We can be contacted by phone 352-495-7449; Fax 352-495-7433; and E-mail: Tortfarm2@aol.com. Our website is http://www.geocities.com/ashtonbiodiversity.

Box Turtle State Reptile Bill: House Resolution 73, introduced to Pennsylvania’s House State Government Committee on March 2001, makes the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) Pennsylvania’s official state reptile. Committee chairman, Paul J. Clymer, has said that the resolution will not be voted on unless there is sufficient public interest and support.

It is hoped that by making the box turtle the state reptile, more emphasis will be placed on this species survival by creating and enforcing more restrictive legislation to protect the turtles. Pennsylvania’s neighboring states of New York, New Jersey, and Ohio have already banned the collection of box turtles. Presently, Pennsylvania’s possession and collection limits are two box turtles/person/day. Buying, selling, trading or bartering turtles taken from the wild is prohibited.

It is believed that the Pennsylvania box turtle population is declining and that removing even a small number of turtles from the wild could be detrimental. These concerns stem from the turtles’ limited home ranges, extensive habitat destruction, chance meetings of mates and low reproductive rates.

Please encourage Pennsylvania’s government to pass HR 73 promptly by showing your support of the legislation and writing to Hon. Paul Clymer at the address below.

Suite 101, Room 110
Ryan Office Building
Harrisburg, Pa 17120-2020
Phone: 717-783-3154; Fax: 717-705-1849
Source: Coffman, Adam. PA Sierra Club Newsl., Winter 2002. Summary by Brigid Ranson.

The snapping turtle below was found dead floating in a river in Holland by Robert & Angelique. It measured approximately 75 cm nose to tail and weighed 10+ kg. Notice the heavy fishing line extending from its mouth. They speculate that it may have survived there for several years due to the mild winters.