2019 Spotted, blanding's and Wood turtle
The Spotted Turtle, Northeast Blanding's Turtle, and the Northeast Wood Turtle Working Groups partnered to host a Spotted, Blanding's & Wood Turtle Conservation Symposium on November 4-5, 2019 at the Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. The symposium was supported in part by USFWS Competitive State Wildlife Grants and hosted by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, American Turtle Observatory, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
The Spotted, Blanding's, and Wood Turtle Conservation Symposium convened 130 experts across the region to share ongoing research and conservation efforts for the three species. The first day provided attendees with regional updates, current conservation strategies, modeling techniques, and a unique session dedicated to combating illegal collection and strengthening law enforcement relations. The second day covered topics including monitoring techniques, genetics, ecological studies, management strategies, and conservation tools for private lands. A productive breakout session for each species also occurred to identify and prioritize conservation actions needed to advance regional collaboration and ensure the long-term survival of each species.
The 130 experts that convened in Berkeley Springs, WV for the Spotted, Blanding's, and Wood Turtle Conservation Symposium.