TSA-NAFTRG Field Update

by Jordan Gray  The professional and citizen scientists from the TSA’s North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (TSA-NAFTRG) immersed themselves in water bodies from Texas to Pennsylvania this late Summer and Fall to conduct sampling sessions for long-term population monitoring efforts. The third-quarter’s sampling season began with several springs in the Central and Big Bend regions…

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Spring Break, TSA-NAFTRG Style

by Jordan Gray  This February and March as college students, professors and those just wanting a Spring vacation were making their way to beaches and ski-slopes across the nation, TSA-NAFTRG scientists and volunteers were heading to the freshwater springs of Texas and Florida for a “Spring Turtle Break”. TEXAS Held in New Braunfels, Texas, the Spring…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 3

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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NAFTRG End-of-Year 2016 Report

by Eric Munscher and Jordan Gray  Another field year has closed for the Turtle Survival Alliance’s North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (TSA-NAFTRG), and one word describes 2016 best: Eventful. For the third year in a row we captured and processed over 3,000 turtles representing 23 taxa. This species total is the highest diversity we have…

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NAFTRG Autumn Surveys

by Eric Munscher  In mid-September the Turtle Survival Alliance’s North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (TSA-NAFTRG) conducted another exploratory survey of several southeastern/south-central Pennsylvania stream and wetland communities for a new potential long-term chelonian research site. With the focal species and habitat requirements being that of the North American Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta), this potential study…

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NAFTRG Update

by Howard Goldstein  Given the TSA’s involvement all over the globe, it can be easy to forget that the United States is the turtle capital of the world, with the greatest number of chelonian species of any country. Although turtles as a group are fortunately far more secure in the U.S. than in most of the…

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Turtle Surveys Conducted in Comal Springs, Texas

by Admin  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) recently conducted their annual February sample of the Comal Springs in New Braunfels, Texas. As always, a dedicated team of volunteers made the survey possible. A variety of institutions of learning, research, and conservation represented on this survey included the Houston Zoo, SeaWorld, Fort Worth Zoo,…

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Turtle Surveys Conducted in Comal Springs

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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NAFTRG Conducts Sampling Sessions in Florida

by Nicole Salvatico  Recently, the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) held its October sampling in the Florida springs of Manatee, Fanning, and Ichetuknee. Over the course of the week, members Roxanne Losey, Dan and Eleanor Barrett, Jessy Wayles, and Nicole Salvatico were joined by students from the University of Central Florida and members of…

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Turtle Sampling Sessions Held in Texas and Florida

by Heather Lowe  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) continued its amazing year with two large summer sampling sessions. In July, the group visited Comal Springs, in New Braunfels, Texas for the third time this year. The crew was able to capture and process 442 turtles, representing four species, over the course of three…

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