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Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 6:39-40
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter


3rd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 17-21 March, 2003 at the Legend Hotel (www.legendhotels.com). This meeting will be hosted by the Community Conservation Network, WWF-Malaysia and the Department of Fisheries, Malaysia. Adopting the theme “Living With Turtles”, the meeting aims to bring together the world’s foremost sea turtle biologists and conservationists, government, fisheries and indigenous community representatives, and people who just love to love turtles, in a geographical setting that befits the migratory nature of marine turtles.

To learn more about the symposium, to register and to submit abstracts please visit our website at http://www.seaturtle.org/symposium. Oral and poster presentations will be accepted until 15 November 2002. We urge you to submit posters where possible. Please use the Symposium web site for abstract submission.


The All Florida Herpetology Conference organized by the Florida Museum of Natural History) will be held on April 5-6 at the Sheraton in Gainesville, Florida.

“Conserving Amphibians and Reptiles through Education,” a PARC National Conference, organized by Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SE PARC), will be held on 6-8 April the Sheraton in Gainesville, Florida. This conference will discuss the need for increased educational efforts on behalf of our native herpetofauna and will highlight a broad range of successful conservation education programs. It is sure to be a unique and interesting educational experience for both naturalists and educators. The conference will also serve as an organizational meeting for the PARC Education/Outreach Working Group, with the last day reserved for that purpose. Contact George L. Heinrich at highpine3@aol.com for more information, or visit the PARC website at www.parcplace.org.

2003 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists to be held in Manaus, Brazil from June 26 to July 1, 2003. Deadlines for abstract submission and preregistration are Feb 23. For more information, visit http://www.aiha.org.br.


2 workshops on Planning Assurance Colonies, sponsored by Ashton Biodiversity Research & Preservation Institute, Inc. The Tortoise Reserve, Inc. and The Asian Turtle Consortium, are to be held on Jan. 10-11 and Feb. 7-8 at the Ashton Biological Preserve in Archer, Florida. All are invited, but class size is limited to 12. The workshop will be taught by Ray and Patricia Ashton. Funding is being sought to bring in other experts. The deadline for registration is 30 days prior to your specific workshop. The cost is $75.00. Ashton Biodiversity Research & Preservation Institute, Inc., 14260 W. Newberry Rd. #331, Newberry, FL 32669; Phone (352) 495-7449 / Fax (352) 495-7433; E-mail: Tortfarm2@aol.com.


The National Military Fish & Wildlife Association (NMFWA) Herpetology Working Group has been developing a database of herpetology projects conducted on military installations. This database will serve as a repository of information that could be accessed by NMFWA members, other military natural resources managers, and others interested in herps. The database can be found on the NMFWA web site at: http://www.nmfwa.org/Herp/dblist.html.

While the point-of-contacts for each herp project is not instantly available, such information is available from NMFWA by contacting them at nmfwa@nmfwa.org .

A sexed pair of radiated tortoise were stolen in Sonoma County, California this summer. The male is the smaller tortoise in the pair. Anyone with information about the theft or the sale or trade of the pair should contact Melissa Kaplan at melissk@sonic.net

The Gopher Tortoise Council is selling copies of past proceedings. Go to www.gophertortoisecouncil.org/index.htm and navigate to “Meeting Proceedings” via the home page for complete descriptions, prices, and quantities. The bibliographies alone are worth the price. All monies collected go directly to Gopher Tortoise Council projects.

A Working Guide to the Literature on Box Turtles (Terrapene) has moved to http://www.fcsc.usgs.gov/ Center_Publications/box_turtle_bib1/box_turtle_bib1..html. Compiled by: C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr., Florida Caribbean Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 7920 N.W. 71st St., Gainesville, Florida 32653