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Ann B. Somers

My work centers on the biology and conservation of some small turtles found in North Carolina. Bog turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii), found in the western part of the state, are studied using mark-and-recapture, radio telemetry, and trapping methods. I am one of the directors of Project Bog Turtle, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve habitat, and advise state and federal agencies in conservation of the turtles. We also survey to locate new populations and monitor and study population densities in selected sites. Additionally, I lead a Box Turtle Research Group which is initiating a project using citizen scientists to gather data about the declining box turtle (Terrapene carolina), once common throughout our state.

There are 4 included publications by Ann B. Somers :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
The box turtle connection: a passageway into the natural world 2006 3321 Drawing on bog turtle research work with UNCG students, we designed the pilot box turtle study at Bethany Community Middle School (BCMS) in accordance with one already underway at Davidson College under the leadership of Biology Professor Dr. Mike Do...
Outdoor ventures: Tracking Eastern Box Turtles 2003 529 This project was designed to engage middle-grade students in an authentic task involving the study of an endangered species, the eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). It emphasizes learning by doing and promotes character growth, teamwork...
A POPULATION OF BOG TURTLES IN THE PIEDMONT OF NORTH CAROLINA: Habitat Preferences, Capture Method Efficacy, Conservation Initiatives, and Site Enhancement. 2000 1662 In 1993, bog turtles, Clemmys muhlenbergii (Schoepff), were found in a wet meadow in the piedmont of North Carolina. Although the site appeared degraded and grazing pressure was heavy, there seemed to be enough remaining habitat to support a healthy...
The Restoration & Management of Small Wetlands of the Mountains & Piedmont in the Southeast: A Manual Emphasizing Endangered & Threatened Species Habitat with a Focus on Bog Turtles 2000 600 (Table of contents links to chapters.) Preservation and management of wetlands for the benefit of native wild plants and animals are the major foci of this manual, but the bog turtle is highlighted because it is considered a flagship species. Flagsh...