Welcome to Poster Session #2 for the 18th Annual Symposium — A Virtual Experience — Visit this page beginning September 3rd, 2020 to view and comment on over 20 virtual posters related to Chelonian Research and Conservation. Session #2 presenters will be available to respond to comments on their posters! After September 24th, all virtual posters from Sessions #1 &…

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This past week, TSA’s Director of Animal Management, Cris Hagen, visited the states of Durango and Coahuila, Mexico, to familiarize himself with the status of turtle conservation in the north-central region of the country. Spending four days alongside Gamaliel Castaneda, Dean of Biology, University of Juárez in the State of Durango, as well as professors…

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The Behler Turtle Conservation Award is presented jointly by the Turtle Survival Alliance, the IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, the Turtle Conservancy and the Turtle Conservation Fund, and is co-sponsored by Global Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society, and other private foundations and individuals. It annually awards global leadership and excellence in the…

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by Jordan Gray  For Immediate Release September 19, 2018 TURTLE BIOLOGISTS OUTLINE ECOLOGICAL REPERCUSSIONS OF A WORLD WITHOUT TURTLES Charleston, South Carolina – Daudin’s Giant Tortoise. Floreana Giant Tortoise. Viesca Mud Turtle. Pinta Giant Tortoise. Reunion Giant Tortoise. In just the last 200 years, these five species of chelonian have disappeared from the Earth forever—and an unparalleled number…

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by Jordan Gray  Turtles. Texas. The former is arguably the most popular group of reptiles. The latter, well you know—”Everything is bigger in Texas.” And so it was that from Sunday, August 12th to Wednesday, August 15th, over 270 die-hard “turtle nerds” from around the world descended on Fort Worth, Texas for the 16th Annual Symposium…

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by Jordan Gray  This year the 13th annual Behler Turtle Conservation Award celebrates and honors Russell A. Mittermeier for his half-century of dedication to science and conservation of turtles and primates, as well as being a world-leading global conservationist of the highest caliber. Russ has been a hard-core herpetologist since childhood, with a particular interest in…

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by Jordan Gray  A newly released report by the TSA and fellow turtle conservation organizations, collectively known as the Turtle Conservation Coalition, entitled “Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – 2018” shows that tortoises and freshwater turtles are facing an almost unparalleled extinction crisis. This report indicates that over 50%…

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by Chris Clark  TURTLE SURVIVAL CENTER: A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH ENDLESS DEDICATION As a full-time RV’er for the past year, the Turtle Survival Center in South Carolina was on my short list of “must see” places. Although I’ve been a TSA member since 2010, I did not have an appreciation for what goes on at the…

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by Jordan Gray Faces of the TSA Who: Eric Munscher What: Director, TSA-North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group Where: Houston, Texas, United States Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Eric Munscher: I believe I was around 7 years old when my dad and I were walking my uncle’s property and found an eastern…

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