Outdoor California: The Western Pond Turtle

In the first of many acts of Shameless Promotion, I’m excited to announce the publication of my most recent article in the California Department of Fish and Game’s magazine, Outdoor California.

In addition to covering CDFG’s ongoing work with western pond turtles, including the forthcoming release of the long-awaited Western Pond Turtle Conservation Strategy, the article also plugs the hard work of Sonoma State University associate professor Dr. Nicholas Geist (and lab!) and their research investigating the role of temperature-dependant sex determination in western pond turtles. Also featured is the stellar photography of my wife, photographer Sarah Anne, and the debut of my very own “Field Guide to the Western Pond Turtle (Clemmys marmorata)” (see page 30), a stand-alone poster I’ve been cobbling together to illustrate the general field markings and sexually dimorphic traits (tail length, snout shape, etc.) characteristic of the species (more on that to come).

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