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Guiding conservation of eastern box turtles in Massachusetts

Duration

April 2005 - May 2010

Narrative

Eastern box turtles are near the northern edge of their range in Massachusetts, where they are listed as a species of Special Concern. To help guide conservation action in the region, we have been collecting habitat selection and movement data to build models that predict likely areas that could support viable populations of the species. Our modeling is done at multiple spatial and temporal scales, thus allowing us to develop robust predictions of sites that should be the focus of long-term conservation. Our landscape models were recently used to prioritize box turtle sites for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and to complete a conservation plan for the species.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 64

Scientific Publications: 28

Presentations: 135

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Links

Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. University of Massachusetts
  6. Wildlife Management Institute