New Release: Northwest Fauna’s Western Pond Turtle “Handbook”


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

  1. #1 by Alan Kaplan on January 29, 2013 - 9:43 pm

    Hi, Matt!

    Thanks for this. I’ll tell the Nature Area staff about it, too.

    Thanks also for the review of the Peterson Mammal Behavior big book, which I bought today.

    Best regards!

    Alan K.

    • #2 by Matthew Bettelheim on January 31, 2013 - 7:44 pm


      I’ll be interested in hearing what you think about the Mammal Behavior book. Report back once you’ve had a chance to browse it.



  2. #3 by Melissa on January 29, 2013 - 9:53 pm

    Dang, David Germano is one busy guy!!

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