What Are Other Places Doing to Protect Blanding’s Turtles?

You’ve all been doing a lot of hard work learning about the Blanding’s turtles physical appearance, their behaviors, what they eat and where they live, what are their major threats, about their babies and nests, as well as other special characteristics.  Now it is time to shift the emphasis to learning about what other places in the United States and in Canada are doing to help the Blanding’s turtles.

For a blog post due on Friday, please read over the selected websites.   Then, answer the following questions (Remember to use complete sentences!)

1.  Describe some of the efforts that are happening in other places.  Make sure you mention where this is occuring and what they are doing to help the turtles.

2.  Do you think any of the ideas could help us in our CBL project?  If so, which ones and how would we go about accomplishing these ideas?

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Kejimkujik Area Stewardship Programs

Illinois Turtles Race Against Extinction

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Posted on December 15, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. 1. In North Queens Nova Scotia they got Nature Trust’s permanent protection, and at Bristol Country Agricultural High School they’re head starting Blandings turtles.

    2. I think we should contact Nature Trust to get their help and some good ideas that we can do.
    I also think we should get in touch with Bristol Country Agricultural High School to share information.

  2. 1.Describe some of the efforts that are happening in other places.Make sure you mention where this is occurring and what they are doing to help the turtles.
    Answer:-
    1.In North Queens they are trying to protect Blanding’s turtles habitat from human destructions.
    2.In Nova Sotia people are trying to increase the population of Blanding’s turtles by keeping their predators(racoons, minks,large fish,crow)population in check. People are also collecting Blanding turtle data.

    2.Do you think any of these ideas could help us in our CBL project?If so,which ones and how would we go about accomplishing these ideas?
    Answer:-Yes.We could contact with Bristol County
    Agricultural High School since, they are doing the same thing as us.Contact Kurt Buhlmman cause he has won a grant so,he may be a resource.

  3. 1. Here are some places that are helping Blanding’s turtles (I have also listed what they are doing):
    In North Queens in Nova Scotia people are:
    • protecting the Pleasant River Woodland
    • protecting the Keddy Brook Conservattion Land
    • doing a Turtle Day Event
    • at the Turtle Day Event they are doing guided nature walks, a barbeque and you can join people to search for turtle nests
    At Bristol County Agricultural High School they are:
    • head-starting 79 turtles
    • putting radio trackers on some of the Blanding’s turtles when they are released
    In Kejimkujik they are:
    • radio tracking
    • finding out how many Blanding’s turtles are in the area
    In Illinois they are:
    • head-starting turtles
    • every fall they go through the Illinois wetlands releasing the Blanding’s turtles that they protected the previous year
    • every spring they search for moms of Blanding’s turtles and they take her with them
    • 2. We already are doing the Turtle Day Event (Turtle Night). We also are head-starting turtles allthough not 79 turtles. We could have a fundraiser to raise money to buy a radio tracker to put on either Yertle or Bowser. We could include that in Turtle Night. We also could work with Dr. Windmiller and use data to see how many turtles are in the area year after year. I think that’s what we can do.

  4. 1. Illinios is raising turtles to a certain age and then releasing them into the wild and in North Queens there are protecting a certain river for Blanding’s turtles because they have lost about 350 Blanding’s turtles.

    2. I think some of the ideas could help us with our CBL project there is already a place for Blanding’s turtles Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge but we are also raising Blanding’s turtles but we should keep on doing that it might help the Blanding’s turtles.

  5. 1. In the Kejimkujik area they are building turtle nests during nesting season. They are also watching to see how Blanding’s turtle behave. And after almost 59 volunteers, 1500 hours, and 9 nests, they did it.

    Bristol County Agricultural High School is doing almost the same thing as we are. They are pretty much head-starting Blanding’s turtles like we are. The only difference is they have more turtles.

    In North Queens Nova Scotia, they are trying to create new Blanding’s turtle habitat or properties.

    2. Maybe we can build turtle nests for part of our CBL project, like the people in the Kejimkujik area.
    I don’t know if this is very possible, but maybe we can create turtle habitat like they did in North Queens.

  6. 1. Describe some of the efforts that are happening in other places. Make sure you mention where this is occurring and what they are doing to help the turtles.
    In Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Nature Trust organization protected two areas for Blanding’s turtles. At Bristol County Agricultural High School, they have a program where the students head-start Blanding’s turtles then release them in the Spring. In Illinois the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Bollingbrook Zoo, The Willowbrook Nature Center also head-start turtles. In Kemjimujik, volunteers during the nesting season monitor the nesting sites protecting them from any creature that would try to cause the turtles harm.

    2. Do you think any of the ideas could help us in our CBL project? If so, which ones and how would we go about accomplishing these ideas?
    I think what they are doing in Kemjimujik could help us in our CBL. We would accomplish this by:

    Organizing volunteers to go out on weekends and half-day-Tuesdays when people are free and if no one in our class is free then we could put a add in the newspaper about people volunteering to watch them. This would help increase the population by protecting the Blanding’s Turtles from predators while educating the volunteers about why its important we save them.

  7. 1. Some other efforts that are happening to protect Blanding’s Turtles are;

    1. Nova Scotia is buying land to put Blanding’s Turtles habitats so Blanding’s Turtles can live there.

    2. Illinois is asking museums and zoos to raise Blanding’s Turtles. Plus they also let them free in the spring.

    3. Bristol County Agriculture High School students are feeding them and taking care of them until they are big enough to take care of themselves. (Which is next spring)

    2. I think these efforts could help us on CBL.

    The two ideas I think could help us is the Illinois one and the Bristol High School one.

    1. I think the Illinois idea could help us because we could contact zoos and stuff to head start Blanding’s Turtles and they could help us contact the zoos and stuff.

    2. I think the Bristol High School idea could help us because we could share information with them and maybe learn new Blanding’s Turtles habitats and nesting sites.

  8. 1) The Nova Scotia Nature Trust in North Queens has protected two places that are important to the turtles. Maybe we could contact them
    2) Two kids in high school took care of some turtles. I don’t know how they can help us.
    3) There is a Program to protect the turtles and get more baby turtles. Maybe we could contact them.

  9. 1. Some of the efforts other people are doing to help the Blanding’s Turtles are they are also involving students to help the Blanding’s Turtles but they are older than us and some other people are putting the radio trackers on the turtles just like Dr. Windmiller sometimes does after the turtles are head started.

    2. Yes I think the Kejimkujik Area Stewardship Programs would help us because it gives us a lot of information about the Blanding’s turtles and we could make a lot of data out of that.

  10. 1. What are other people doing to help the Blandings turtles?
    In North Queens Nova Scotia people are:
    ~ Protecting places where Blandings turtles live like Pleasant Brook Woodland and Keddy Brook Conservation Land.
    ~ They have an event called Turtle day where they do a lot of things that have to do with the Blandings turtles.

    In Kejimkujik people are:
    ~ Protecting turtle nests.
    ~ Radio tracking the turtles.

    At Bristol County Agriculture High School they are:
    ~ Head starting turtles and then letting them go in the spring just like us.

    In Illinois people are:
    ~ Asking museums and zoos if they can heat start turtles that are found.

    2. Do you think any of these things can help us with our DPC project?

    I thin all of these things could be very helpful with our DPC project but here some that I think could help especially help:
    ~ I think we should try to contact the Bristol County Agriculture High School because they are doing the same thing that we are witch is head-starting the Blandings turtles.
    ~ I think that we should contact the Kejimkujik because they are doing some of the same thing as the G.M.W.R. and other things.

  11. 1. At Bristol County Agricultural High School they are head starting 79 baby Blandings turtles. In Kejimkujik they are nest monitoring.
    2. I think we should contact the people in Kejimkujik about the nest monitoring and how to do it.

  12. 1. One program from Nova Scotia is trying to protect turtle habitats from getting destroyed. The Bristol County Agricultural High School is head starting Blanding’s turtles just like we are. Another group in Nova Scotia is nest monitoring. They keep watch over nests until the eggs hatch in order to keep raccoons from getting to the turtle eggs.
    2. I think that nest monitoring could help us in CBL because maybe we could make a video game to alert people that Blanding’s turtles are threatened. The game can be about protecting a nest of turtles. Raccoons can be running at the nest. You are the nest monitor and you have to use the controller to hit the raccoon and protect the nest. If you let a certain number of raccoons past the turtles will become endangered and then extinct. When they become extinct you lose the game.

    • Great idea for the game! I like how you were so detailed in your idea. Maybe in the game there would be not only raccoons, but as the levels got harder and deeper into the game, you would have to face different predators,like squirrels and herons.FOR ANYBODY WHO READS THIS, please respond if you have any ideas for this game. (I know I used all caps, but I had to catch your attention. Did I?)

  13. 1) In North Queens to help the Blanding’s turtles they are trying to create more Blanding’s turtle habitats
    At Bristol County Agricultural High School, they have been head-starting just like we have. They have head-started at least 79 Blanding’s turtles.
    In Kejimkujik they are guarding up the turtle nest from predators. (raccoons,minks, large fish, crows and wading birds)
    2) I think we can contact the Kejimkujik to ask if they have some more ideas why head-starting is good for the Blanding’s turtles, so we can prove to others that helping is good.

  14. 1.In North Queens Nova Scotia Nature Trust acquired properties containing critical turtle habitat which will decrease habitat fragmantation and increase their chance of survival. Near one of these properties community volunteers have set up turtle nest cages over turtle nests to protect them from predation.
    At Bristol County Agricultural High School students will be caring for a crop of baby Blanding’s turtles.They will feed and care for the turtles until they are big enough to survive on their own in the wild next Spring.They are doing head starting to allow them to grow during their first winter.
    Kurt Buhlmann, professor with the University of Georgia is managing 10 turtle replenishment efforts in different areas of the country including one to repopulate the Blanding’s turtles at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.
    Under the endangered Species Act, the Illinois Department of Transportation requires any new road project to consult the US Fish and Wild Life Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

    2.I think we can put turtle nest cages over turtle nests to protect them from predation.
    We can contact Bristol County Agricultural High School for other ideas.
    Using radio transmitters to track them for their progress is a good idea. And we can do visual and live trapping surveys at various times to better understand distribution and population size of Blanding’s Turtles.

    • Great job EC1! You were very descriptive and you used a great variety of vocabulary!(I said my comment using a “variety of vocabulary” for a reason, you know!)

  15. 1) Describe some of the efforts that are happening in other places. Make sure you mention where this is occuring and what they are doing to help the turtles.
    In other places people are..

    * (Illinos) Releasing Blanding’s turtles into the wild from incubators that they had raised in captivity
    *
    (Kejimkujik) During nesting season each year, known Blanding’s turtle nesting sites are monitored every night. If one is found, they put up a fence around the nest. Blanding’s turtles are radio-tracked in southwest Nova Scotia.In 2006, 59 volunteers and researchers contributed almost 1500 hours in Kejimkujik and found and protected 19 Blanding’s turtle nests in the park.
    * (North Queens, Nova Scotia) People are protecting turtles from human destruction such as habitat destruction and fragmentation.
    * (Bristol County Agricultural High School) They are head-starting 79 baby turtles. They are also putting radio trackers on some turtles.

    2) Do you think any of the ideas could help us in our CBL project? If so, which ones and how would we go about accomplishing these ideas?
    We might want to contact Bristol County Agricultural High School because we are doing almost exactly what they are doing.

  16. 1. In North Queens (Nova Scotia) they are protecting Blanding’s turtles habitats and getting volunteers to put up cages on top of the nests to protect the hatchlings and eggs from predators. This is the exact same thing that the Kejimkuik Area Stewardship Programs (Nova Scotia) are doing to protect the turtles.
    Illinois is raising turtles each year (head-starting). Like Illinois, Bristol County Agricultural High School (Massachusetts) is head-starting Blanding’s turtles. This year they took in 79 hatchlings to head-start.

    2. I think we could talk to Bristol County Agricultural High School because they are head-starting just like us and could tell us things that we didn’t know and maybe even we could tell them something they didn’t know.

  17. 1.The efforts are happening now is in Nova Scotia is they are putting fences on top of the nest to protect the turtle babies.In Kejimkujik they are radio tracking that helps the turtle if it is sick or something bad they can find the turtle immediately.
    In Illinois they are head starting tutles.In Bristol they head started 79 turtles.
    2.We could contact the Kejimkujik Area Stewardship Programs.

  18. 1. In Illinois 22 turtles out of 236 were released in a marsh as part of a head start program. In Nova Scotia protected land was bought for Blandings turtles. It is safer because there are no cars, no racoons, and no people to remove their habitat. People are radio tracking so they can find the turtles to see if they are ok. People are putting cages around turtle’s nests so predators cannot eat them.

    2. We could catch Blandings turtles in nets to see how the turtles what they are doing and if they are alright. We can also put fences or cages around nests so that predators cannot get the eggs.

  19. 1. In Nova Scotia the people are putting fences up around the Blanding’s turtle nest to help keep predators away. In Illinois they put the blanding’s turtle on the their endangered species list. This will give them special protection. For example, when a road is being built, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources need to be contacted. They will help protect the turtle. At the Bristol County Agricultural High School the are head-starting the blandings turtles like what we are doing.

    2. The ideas will help us on our blanding’s turtle project. We might be able to contact the Bristol County Agricultural High school because they are also head-starting their turtles.

  20. 1) In Nova Scotia Blandings turtles nest monitoring is done by observing behavior of young. Also as part of the project they are fencing off the nest sites and last but not least they are tracking the Blanding’s turtle’s turtle pop. with radio trackers .

    In Nova Scotia the Nova Scotian Nature Society bought two areas of land that were vital to the survival of Blandings Turtles. This is where most of the population lived in Nova Scotia. And in Nova Scotia the biggest threat to Blandings Turtles is human development.

    2) I think that protecting the areas that Blandings Turtles live in is a wonderful idea. And also observing behaviors is a great idea because we can tell how they react to things and that could save their species.

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