The box turtle connection: a passageway into the natural world

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ann B. Somers, Lecturer (Creator)
Catherine E. Matthews, Professor (Contributor)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: 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 Dorcas. The BCMS Box Turtle Project, initiated in 2001, involved middle school students, their teachers, UNCG faculty and graduate students, and interested individuals in the Bethany community studying box turtles on the school grounds and adjacent property. The radio-tracking phase of the project was completed in 2004, but the mark-recapture study continues due to the dedication of Sarah Seymour, the BCMS science teacher. This project is described in detail in an article published in Science Scope, which is included as Appendix A. Please note that many of the tools and techniques described herein for studying box turtles can be applied to the study of other reptiles and amphibians (herpetofauna).

Additional Information

Appendix A: Science Scope, 27.3, 32-37.
Language: English
Date: 2006
Box turtle, herpetofauna, Science education

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