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Monday, January 25 • 10:20am - 10:40am
Upper Midwest Collaboration Effort On Wood Turtle Research and Management: Forging An Approach For Efficient and Effective Conservation For Wood Turtle

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AUTHORS: Richard Baker, Gaea Crosier, Carol Hall, Maya Hamady* -MN Department of Natural Resources Karen Kinkaid- Iowa Department of Natural Resources Yuman Lee - Michigan Department of Natural Resources Madaline Cochrane-Univerisity of Minnesota -NRRI (Student) Carly Lapin: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT: The Upper Midwest River Turtle Project is a collaborative effort among Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa funded through a Comprehensive –State Wildlife Grant (C-SWG) focusing primarily on the wood turtle Glyptemys insculpta. The premise of C-SWG is conservation actions in contrast to basic research. Conservation actions such as creation of nesting sites, road fencing and nest protection against predators are established based on limiting factors of habitat fragmentation, road mortality, predation and other factors that have been identified for the wood turtle in each state. Assessing the short term effectiveness as well as developing a plan for assessing the long term effectiveness of the conservation actions are major components of the project. Determining population levels and structures of current local populations without regard to the events or factors that determined them can provide a baseline to monitor population trends into the future and assess the response to established conservation actions. In spite of the wide range of habitat conditions and conservation practices undertaken in the different project sites, an argument is made that common approaches to establish baselines for local populations and to monitor them are needed for the conservation of the wood turtle to be effective and efficient across its range. Ultimately long term monitoring of population response is needed to determine the relative importance of factors currently limiting wood turtle populations and to assess the effectiveness of conservation actions set in place to address them. An example from Minnesota will be used to describe some conservation actions and assessment strategies and to argue that a broad view of wood turtle behavior and adaptiveness to the entire span of environmental conditions across its range would provide conservationists more options and approaches to conserving the species in the face of new threats.

Monday January 25, 2016 10:20am - 10:40am EST
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