Archive for May 2010

Disappointing Dermatemys Surveys

by Thomas Rainwater on May 22, 2010 On May 7th, we traveled back to Gales Point to survey Northern Lagoon.  As is the case with Southern Lagoon, local biologist Kevin Andrewin and others informed us that Dermatemys is mostly found in the rivers and creeks feeding into the lagoon rather than the lagoon itself.  We therefore attempted to focus on…

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Successful Surveys in Belize

by Dr. Thomas Rainwater on May 12, 2010 Early on May 2, we met the fisherman and boat driver (also a respected turtle hunter) by the river at St. Paul Bank for the ~1.5 hour journey up the Belize River (to the Big Falls area) for a day of diving for hickatees.  Seven of the boat driver’s friends…

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Hard Work in Belize

by Dr. Thomas Rainwater on May 12, 2010 On April 30, we set out to survey Cook’s Lagoon, Cook’s Creek, and Mussel Creek in central Belize.  These are areas that Don Moll surveyed for Dermatemys in the early 1980s.  Mussel Creek leads to Cook’s Creek, which then leads to Cook’s Lagoon.  Our plan was to paddle our way to Cook’s…

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New Education Centre Opens in India

by Shailendra Singh on May 07, 2010 Patricia Koval (TSA Board of Directors and WWF-Canada Chair) recently inaugurated the newly built John Thorbjarnarson Memorial Chambal Conservation Centre in Etawah, India. John was a highly regarded crocodilian biologist, who also made his mark in chelonian conservation. He passed away on February 14, leaving a great void in the conservation…

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Don’t Mess with the Bees in Belize!

by Dr. Thomas Rainwater on May 07, 2010 On April 28, we traveled to Gales Point to survey Southern Lagoon. We met with Kevin Andrewin, a Belizean biologist and conservationist who has been working with manatees and hawksbill turtles for years in Southern Lagoon and throughout Belize. He and other residents of Gales Point told us that Dermatemys is still…

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