The box turtle connection : building a legacy

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ashley LaVere (Creator)
Catherine E. Matthews, Professor (Creator)
Ann B. Somers, Lecturer (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In 2006, we wrote The Box Turtle Connection: A Passageway into the Natural World, a guide forresource managers, herpetologists, nature center directors, and citizen scientists that would help directtheir work on this (once) common organism. The book was resoundingly successful. Scientists andagency personnel working with box turtles and other species of turtles have adopted and adapted ourpractices. The book has been reproduced hundreds of times and put directly into the hands of teachersand environmental educators who are working to keep box turtles common across their native ranges.Ten years later, we offer a revised version: The Box Turtle Connection: Building a Legacy. This editionmodifies and standardizes our research protocols and portrays how the Box Turtle Connection projectin North Carolina is building a long-term research study that will exceed 100 years and leave a legacyfor others to follow, be inspired by, and build upon. We have not surrendered our mission to connectothers to the natural world through box turtles, but now turn our focus towards the quality of theresearch that informs us about box turtle populations’ present and future status. By reflecting upon ourprotocols and introducing new techniques, we hope curators, naturalists, educators, and students willengage in carefully designed box turtle research studies with a commitment to scientific validity.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
box turtles, science education

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