The Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology (SNVB) announced this month the publication of the long-awaited “western pond turtle handbook,” Northwest Fauna 7 – Western Pond Turtle: Biology, Sampling Techniques, Inventory and Monitoring, Conservation and Management. The western pond turtle handbook’s release marks the culmination of years of hard work by editors R. Bruce Bury, Hartwell H. Welsh, David J. Germano, and Donald T. Ashton to record the biology, survey and sampling protocol, field procedures, and conservation/restoration strategies geared toward protecting the western pond turtle.
The 128-page handbook is only available through SNVB as a standalone Northwest Fauna biological monograph for $12.00 here. The table of contents is excerpted below; a full review will be posted in the coming weeks.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Objectives, Nomenclature and Taxonomy, Description, Status, and Needs for Sampling
Chapter 2. Synopsis of Biology
Chapter 3. Sampling Design Considerations
Chapter 4. Visual Encounter Surveys
Chapter 5. Sampling of Turtles: Trapping and Snorkeling
Chapter 6. Specialized Surveys: Nests, Hatchlings, and Young
Chapter 7. Field Procedures
Chapter 8. Conservation and Restoration Strategies
Chapter 9. Future Research and Management Actions