Informing Turtle Conservation in the Northeast by Thinking Bigger in Space and Time
On August 24 at 2:00 p.m. eastern, Dr. Patrick Roberts of the University of Massachusetts will present research to inform turtle conservation in the Northeast.
Freshwater turtles are among the most endangered clades in the world. The wetlands of the Northeastern United States are home to the rare Blanding's turtle, wood turtle, and spotted turtle, three species all under consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Effective conservation of these and other long-lived turtle species requires a robust understanding of long-term movement patterns and key threats. However, the cryptic nature and life history of turtles have historically challenged researchers.
On August 24 at 2:00 p.m. eastern, Dr. Patrick Roberts of the University of Massachusetts will present findings from a recent study that tackled these challenges by leveraging large, collaborative datasets to gain insight into both multi-decade movement patterns and the effects of land use on at-risk turtle species. This effort is a collaboration between the University, USDA’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project, the NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife Northeast Turtles Project, and others. Findings may be used to inform data-driven, on-the-ground efforts to support the conservation of these species.
Registration is not required. Visit the Conservation Outcomes Webinar Series webpage for additional information, including a link to access the live event.