Western Pond Turtle Workshop: Ecology and Conservation

image002Western Pond Turtle Workshop: Ecology and Conservation

This fall the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of The Wildlife Society is organizing a revival of the Western Pond Turtle Workshop: Ecology and Conservation at Sonoma State University on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The western pond turtle is an aquatic turtle native to the Pacific states. Although the range of the turtle is widespread north to south, the species is in decline in many areas. Turtles in Washington are endangered and in Oregon they are considered Critical Species. In California the turtle is a Species of Special Concern. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is currently considering protection under of the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Western Pond Turtle Workshop is designed to provide professional biologists with a background on conservation issues of the western pond turtle, recent research findings, and practical understanding of field methods. Participants will learn how to identify turtles, their life history and habitat requirements, taxonomy, potential causes of declines, survey techniques, regulations and permits, and management plans. The workshop will include presentations by expert researchers, and introduction to the Handbook on the Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Western Pond Turtles, and a short field trip to an on-campus pond where turtle identification, handling techniques, visual surveys for basking turtles, and trapping techniques will be demonstrated. A tentative schedule is provided below.

To learn more about the event and to register, please visit the chapter website at: http://tws-west.org/sfbay/event/western-pond-turtle-workshop-ecology-and-conservation/

Discounted registration fees are available to S.F. Bay Area Chapter members, and to early registrants (by September 24th). Registration fees include morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon snacks.

Time Topic Presenter
8:00 Check-in Registration
Introduction Dave Cook
History & Natural History
Natural History, Ecology and
Conservation of Western Pond
Turtles: A 50-year Odyssey
Bruce Bury
Ecology of the Western Pond
Turtle
David Germano
Rangewide Molecular Analysis
of the Western Pond Turtle
(Emys Marmorata): Cryptic
Variation, Isolation by Distance,
and their Conservation
Implications
Phillip Spinks
To “Turtle”: The Extent of the
Historical Terrapin Harvest in
California (1863-1931)
Matthew Bettelheim
Break
Conservation/Management
Western Pond Turtle Conservation
Issues, Efforts, and Needs: A
California Department of Fish
and Wildlife Perspective
Laura Patterson
Federal Listing Status of the
Western Pond Turtle
Arnold Roessler
Head-Starting Pond Turtles in
Northern California and the Role
of Zoos in Conservation Action
Jessie Bushell /
Margaret Rousser
Survey Techniques
Handbook on the Ecology,
Conservation and Management
of Western Pond Turtles
Bruce Bury,
Hartwell Welsh,
David Germano,
and Don Ashton
Lunch  
Threats to the Species
Ulcerative Shell Disease in Western
Pond Turtles in Washington – A
Review of What We Know, What We
Don’t, and Where We’re Going
Katherine Haman
Ecotoxicology of Western Pond
Turtles
Erik Meyer
Break
Advances in Natural History
Nesting Behavior, Nest Site
Fidelity, and Temperature Dependent
Sex Determination in a Northern
California Population of Western
Pond Turtles
Nicholas Geist
Drivers of Nesting Behavior in
Emys marmorata
Wendy St. John
Effects of Natural Incubation
Temperatures on the Viability and Sex
Determination of Western
Pond Turtles (Emys marmorata)
Nicole Christie
The Enigma of Few Juveniles in
Turtle Populations: Is it lack of
recruitment or our inability to
detect them?
Gwen Bury /
Bruce Bury
Turtles on the Trinity River:
Research Update
Don Ashton
Basking Behavior and Thermal
Profiles of the Western Pond Turtle
(Actinemys [Emys] marmorata) on the
Free-flowing South Fork and Regulated
Main Fork Trinity River, California.
Jamie Bettaso
Field trip/survey techniques (SSU pond)  
5:30 End
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