Let’s Talk Turtle: A Citizen Science and Volunteer Forum
The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy invites nature lovers of all ages to our Citizen Science and Volunteer Forum, Let’s Talk Turtle, on February 25, 6pm, at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center in Pound Ridge (map). Participants will meet two ambassador turtles and learn what to do when they find a turtle, why turtles are declining regionally, and how to monitor and protect them, including how to become a trained wildlife rehabilitator. High School and College students are encouraged to attend to learn about internships, training, and volunteer positions available with the PRLC and guest organizations. Light refreshments will be served.
Featured guest speakers for this program include Patricia Johnson, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Turtle Advocate; Steve Ricker, Director of Conservation and Wildlife Management at Westmoreland Sanctuary; and Krista Munger, PRLC’s Land Steward and Educator and longtime turtle biologist. They will be joined by Kendall O’Connell, Naturalist at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (WPRR) and Morgan Tunnell, a student researcher at Fox Lane High School (FLHS).
Patricia Johnson will address the common question of what to do when a turtle is encountered on the road, including when it is injured, and how to support wildlife rehabilitators or become one. She trains new rehabbers and networks with organizations specializing in turtle conservation through Citizen Science programs. Mr. Ricker will present on Westmoreland Sanctuary’s 20 year project to mark and release program for box turtles as well as painted turtles on its property. The main objectives of this program are to recognize how many individuals the habitat supports and identify nesting and hibernating areas in hopes of protecting and enhancing these areas. Ms. O’Connell will recruit high-school aged Conservationists-in-Training to survey for turtles on WPPR. Krista Munger will describe highlights of her work engaging young scientists in a long-term research project on Blanding’s turtle, including FLHS senior Morgan Tunnell, and will promote this season’s internships and volunteer opportunities at PRLC. Information on how to apply is available on their website. www.prlc.net, and applicants are encouraged to attend. Please register for this free event by contacting Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-205-3533.
Link to Feb 25 2018 flyer