Orange Audubon Society
Thursday, April 20, 2017 (7-9 PM)
of Central Florida
by Wayne Osborne
Florida’s springs, rivers, and lakes host a large number of turtle species, some doing well but others in need of conservation help. Turtle populations reflect populations of macro-invertebrates, fish, and the quantity and type of vegetation in the water body. Turtles can be considered a window into the health of our aquatic ecosystems.
To guide conservation efforts, population data is essential. Turtle surveys began at Wekiwa Springs State Park in 1999, with one to three sampling sessions a year through 2011, to assess the continued impact of development surrounding the park. Biologists and volunteers search for turtles by snorkeling, and collect, tag and release them. Recapturing in successive years allows studies of their health, movements and longevity.
Wayne Osborne, a biologist and volunteer with the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (www.turtlesurvival.org), will share details about survey and conservation efforts. He’ll also share how to identify our local turtle species, bringing several species for us to see up close.
Learn to identify species seen in Central Florida, including the Florida Softshell, Common Snapping Turtle, Striped Mud Turtle, Loggerhead Musk Turtle, Florida Redbelly Cooter, Peninsula Cooter, and the Red-eared Slider, an invasive species from the pet trade.
Orange Audubon Societies programs are free and no reservations are necessary. Programs are held in the Camellia Room of Leu Gardens,1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando (for directions, visit http://www.leugardens.org/plan/directions.htm.
For additional information, call 407-637-2525.
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2017 Birdapalooza Report
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Orange Audubon has had another successful Birdapalooza event for 2017! This was the first year the event stretched over the course of three days with guided tours from professional birders. I was glad to be able to share my knowledge of . . . More
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