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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Habitat Selection and Landscape Ecology of the Blanding’s Turtle

Wetland loss is important in the decline of Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii). Wetland habitat type and size influence occurrence of Blanding’s turtles. By comparing the proportion of turtle captures and radio telemetry locations within each habitat, versus proportion of that habitat’s availability, it is possible to assess preference/avoidance of individual habitat types. Additionally, local-scale habitat variables provide data on critical habitats within a turtle’s home range. I completed a two-year study in northern New York State, to determine what variables contribute to the presence or absence of Blanding’s turtles I used radio telemetry to determine the movements of 23 Blanding’s turtles (17 females and seven males). Data were analyzed to determine temporal and spatial patterns, as well as effects of habitat variables. This study will allow for a better understanding of the habitat requirements of this species, which will contribute to the conservation of this species in New York State.

Presenters: Timothy Crockett (Graduate Student)
Kristina Klees (Undergraduate Student)
Sarah Lazazzero (Graduate Student)
Brendan McCabe (Graduate Student)
Saskia Windig (Graduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 140 Lennon
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)