Hugh Quinn Assumes New Role with the TSA

by Heather Lowe  Hugh Quinn (TSA Board) is the new Chair of the TSA’s Animal Management committee. Hugh visited the Turtle Survival Center (TSC) recently and spent a busy week working on a range of projects. He was on site mainly to review current animal management policies and procedures, and to “ground truth” our collection plan…

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Spring Brings a Buzz of Activity at the TSC

by Heather Lowe  The Turtle Survival Center recently welcomed several groups of volunteers in late March and early April. On March 22, volunteers from Hofstra University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences visited South Carolina and quickly got to work. During their time there, the group worked with TSC staff to finish gathering the…

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Recent Confiscations in Belize Help Stock the Hicatee Conservation Research Center

by Jacob Marlin  The new Hicatee Conservation Research Center (HCRC) in Belize is now open for business, which is a good thing for eight Central American River turtles, or Hicatee (Dermatemys mawii), that were confiscated recently. Spearheaded by the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and created in partnership with the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education…

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Florida Turtle Sampling Trips Set Record

by Eric Munscher  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) sampled several springs in Florida from March 21 to 30. The crew kicked sampling off at Manatee Springs with Dr. John Iverson (TSA Board) and his international class from Earlham College in Indiana. Due to the flooding in the Suwannee River, only about half of…

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TSA Board Member Visits Project Sites in India

by Lonnie McCaskill  TSA Board Member Lonnie McCaskill dedicates a significant amount of his personal time to serving as mentor to the incredibly hard-working TSA India team. He spent March 8-31, 2014 visiting program sites throughout India with the program’s director, Shailendra Singh. This is his trip report. Enjoy! I arrived in Lucknow on the morning…

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Eulogy to Dr. John M. Legler

by Dr. R. Vogt  At 11pm on 28 March 2014 the turtle community lost one of the foremost living turtle biologists in the world, Dr. John M. Legler.  John is best known for four main turtle projects: his doctoral research with Terrapene ornata in Kansas, his research of turtles throughout Mexico and Central America, culminating in The life History of…

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