A Local Conservation Context for Wood Turtles

Thank you Greg LeClair

The Wood Turtle is a beautiful, medium-sized turtle native to the Northeastern United States. The turtle can be found in or near Maine’s slow moving streams and rivers eating invertebrates and vegetation, but it currently appears to be declining throughout its range. Federal and state agencies are working hard to determine whether or not the turtle deserves to be listed as endangered – is this really the case? Since 2015, Unity College students and professors have been tackling this question. Through field surveys, population viability analyses, and habitat assessments, a picture is slowly starting to develop as we gain a clearer understanding in our own local area.

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