JOIN NJAWR FOR A LECTURE BY
La’Toya Latney, DVM, Dipl. ECZM (ZHM), DABVP
Native New Jersey Turtle Identification and Triage for Short-term Care
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Medford United Methodist Church
2 Hartford Road
Medford, NJ 08055
NJAWR Member Cost: FREE
Non-member Cost: $15.00
Registration deadline is January 22, 2019
Turtles are amazing! They pre-date dinosaurs and have not had to heavily evolve because they have the most magnificent piece of Mother Nature’s architecture, the shell. In North America we have one of the largest varieties of chelonians of any continent. New Jersey native species are predominantly fresh-water terrapins and terrestrial turtles. According to the New Jersey Division Fish and Wildlife, there are 13 native species, which include box & water turtles (Emydidae), mud and musk turtles (Kinosternidae), one snapping turtle species (Chelydridae), one softshell turtle (Trionychidae) and a critically endangered species, North America’s smallest species, and your state turtle, the bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii). In this lecture, we will review how to identify native NJ species and how to provide temporary, cost-effective housing pending transport to a licensed turtle wildlife rehabilitator. A hand-out will be provided, which will empower you to be a part of the recovery process for injured turtles.
Registration with payment must be received by January 22, 2019.
Pre-registration is required. Late registrations will not be honored nor will walk-ins be accepted.