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Toronto Zoo Turtle Stewardship and Management Workshop, March 17-19, 2008

This is an important time for turtle species at risk in Ontario.  The Ontario Multi-species Turtles at Risk Recovery (OMSTARR) Strategy is in the process of identifying threats to our native turtle species and providing recommendations for their recovery.  In response, Toronto Zoo hosted a 3-day workshop on the stewardship, conservation and management of turtle populations.  This workshop focused on management of critical habitat and long-term viability of habitat complexes for the conservation of long-lived turtle species.

Below are the abstracts, presentations for each presenter.  Please note that the information in the presentations is owned by the presenter, and photos, graphs, or other data can only be used with permission from the presenter.


Monday, March 17th, 2008

Practicum 1 – Pond Design and Construction (T. Biebighauser)
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Practicum 2 – Turtle Rehabilitation (K. Hiltz, J. Paré, M. Kummrow, G. Crawshaw)

KTTC introduction; basic needs of a rehab centre; Dr. Kristy Hiltz
Presentation

Anatomy & Physiology; Dr. Jean Paré
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Triage / Assessment, First Aid; Dr. Kristy Hiltz
Presentation

Imaging; Dr. Maya Kummrow
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Diseases & Pathology; Dr. Jean Paré
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Treatment & Care; Dr. Kristy Hiltz
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Rehabilitation & Release; Dr. Kristy Hiltz
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Anesthesia & Analgesia; Dr. Graham Crawshaw
Presentation

Surgery / Shell Repair; Dr. Kristy Hiltz
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Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Dr. Ron Brooks: SAR: the Precautionary Principle, Moral Instincts, and Peak Oil
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Session 1 Thermoregulation and Basking Site Protection

Tanessa Hartwig: Basking habitat characteristics of Blanding's turtles in natural and constructed wetlands in southeastern New York
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Session 2 Nesting Locations: Protection and Construction

Nicole Richards: Methods for characterization of freshwater turtle nesting beaches in an urban environment
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Dr. Justin Congdon: Response of nesting turtles to introduced shrubs and forest succession on the E.S. George Reserve over 32 years
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Session 2 Nesting Locations: Protection and Construction (con’t)

Scott Gillingwater: Nest Site Creation and Maintenance as an Effective Tool in Species Recovery
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Helen Czech: Nesting site creation for the eastern spiny softshell in New York
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Martin Smith: Design, construction and monitoring of a successful snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine) nesting habitat site in Niagara College’s on-campus wetland, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
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Tanessa Hartwig:  Characteristics and management of nesting habitat constructed for Blanding's turtle in southeastern New York
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Session 3 Model Stewardship Programmes

Dr. Justin Congdon: People, places, and the terrestrial component of core habitats of turtles: nesting by females and and hatchling orientation and dispersal from nests
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Duncan Smith: Developing Environmental Advocates by Involving Canadians in Species at Risk Recovery
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Chris Bellemore: Building a Community Stewardship Program from Local Research
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Scott Gillingwater: Science, Education and Sympathy, a Strategy for Successful Stewardship of Turtles in Ontario
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Ian McIntosh, Christine Baptista, Candace Maracle: Toronto Zoo Turtle Stewardship Programmes
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Dr. Whit Gibbons: Why would anyone want to manage turtles, and why should anyone else care?
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Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Dr. Justin Congdon: The currency of life-history evolution: why old turtles are valuable, and how they got that way
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Session 4 Overwintering Site Protection
Dr. Whit Gibbons: Overwintering hatchling turtles: some they do, and some they don't, and some you just can't tell
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Dr. Sarah Milton: Extreme Survivor: The physiology of living through the winter without oxygen
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Chris Edge: Surviving winter: balancing anoxia tolerance and temperature
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Session 5 Lessons in Small Population Management Using Population Viability Assessments

Dr. Tom Herman
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Dan Thompson
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Session 6 Egg Protection and Head Starting as Conservation Tools
Ed O’Brien: Plymouth Red-bellied Turtle Head Start Program in Massachusetts
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Scott Gillingwater: Effectiveness of Nest Protection and Artificial Egg Incubation for Turtles in Ontario
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Mike Lawton: Using incubation and headstarting as conservation tools for Nova Scotia's endangered Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)
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Peter Kydd: Using GPS loggers to track the endangered Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) in Nova Scotia
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