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Thinking Outside the Box about Your Woods and Bogs: How Private Forestry Practices Can Protect Rare Turtles
November 29, 2023 • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Turtles are well-known for their longevity. The oldest member of this group (a Seychelles giant tortoise named Jonathan) celebrated his 191st birthday earlier this year! While a long lifespan is certainly a credit, it also lends a false sense of security when it comes to the stability of a species. High density does not equal “healthy” if young individuals are not rejuvenating a population.
New Jersey has been proactive in protecting native turtles through state law, but since much of the remaining habitat available for our rarest species occurs on private property, landowner collaboration is essential for their continued survival. During this talk, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey biologist Christine Healy will introduce you to three of our local turtles (box, wood, and bog), discuss management strategies that you can employ in your forests and wetlands to benefit them, and share resources that provide financial and technical support to turtle champions.
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