Northeast Blanding's Turtle Working Group
We are a coordinating member of the Northeast Blanding's Turtle Working Group (NEBTWG), a team of scientists, land managers, and other interested parties in five states focused on the conservation of the isolated populations of Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) in the northeastern United States. With funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the NEBTWG has recently finalized a regional conservation plan for the species by conducting region-wide, standardized monitoring, prioritizing sites, and working with agencies, landowners, and land trusts to secure and manage core habitat for Blanding’s turtle. As part of this effort, we have conducted rapid site assessments throughout New England and monitor long-term sites in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.