by Christine Bowie  You don’t have to be a researcher or a biologist to volunteer with the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG). Are you a strong swimmer? Don your wetsuit, fins and snorkel for capturing turtles in the water. Do you love turtles and the outdoors, but aren’t crazy about swimming? Volunteer to collect…

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by Eric Munscher  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) recently gave a presentation on demographic variation of the common musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) in the southeast United States in the presence of congeners. We presented preliminary data from sites in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, and throughout Florida. We are looking for more data from…

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by Heather Lowe  In May, the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) conducted turtle surveys in Comal Springs (New Braunfels, Texas) for the second time in 2015. In all, the group has been sampling this site for more than three years now. During the trip, the weather proved to be a real challenge and made…

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by Eric Munscher  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) kicked off its sixteenth year of sampling in Florida at Ichetucknee Springs on March 21-22.  The NAFTRG had members from Pennsylvania, Washington, and Georgia (Jekyll Island) join forces once again with a devoted team of researchers from Santa Fe College lead by Dr. Jerry Johnston…

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by Heather Lowe  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group completed its twelfth sampling session of Comal Springs in New Braunfels, Texas on the weekend of February 13-15, 2015. Despite conflicting with the Valentine’s Day holiday, the volunteers’ love for turtles prevailed! A small but determined research crew captured 323 turtles in just two and a half days. Water…

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by Eric Munscher  This year has been a great one for the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) for many reasons, none more so than because of the incredible volunteers that made it all possible. The group captured and processed more turtles in 2014 than in any other year since the project launched in 1999.…

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by Heather Lowe–  The last sampling trip of the year for the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) took place at Comal Springs (New Braunfels, Texas) from November 7-9, 2014. Longtime NAFTRG members Eric Munscher, Jessica Munscher, Stephen Ross, Chris Collins, Brian Bower, and Jessy Wayles were aided by new volunteers Nicole Salvatico, Mike Hillman,…

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