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A basking Rio Grande Cooter. A basking Rio Grande Cooter.
A Rio Grande Cooter, basking. Photo by Jerry Oldenettel | Cropped (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Sept. 15, 2021
The Rio Grande Cooter
With Amy Bogolin Arnold
Biologist with the University of Texas
The Rio Grande Cooter
With Amy Bogolin Arnold
Biologist with the University of Texas
The Rio Grande Cooter
With Amy Bogolin Arnold
Biologist with the University of Texas

CTTC - Valley Meeting: Sept 17, 2021 | 7:00 PM PDT CTTC - Valley Meeting: Sept 17, 2021 | 7:00 PM PDT CTTC - Valley Meeting: Sept 17, 2021 | 7:00 PM PDT


The CTTC Valley Chapter released the following information Sept 15, 2021 re: their Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 meeting at 7:00 PM PDT via Zoom.

Last year, I attended the Turtle Survival Alliance Annual Symposium and learned so much about what is going on around the world regarding turtles and tortoises. One particular presentation stood out from many of the others. Amy Bogolin Arnold, from the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley campus, will share with our chapter her project to learn and analyze the population status of the Rio Grande Cooter (Pseudemys gorzugi) in its natural habitat. We'll see the creative techniques she and her team used to find, map, and study this interesting and elusive turtle in its natural habitat.

Amy had the best photos, graphics, and techniques that I saw that day to help her university team understand the behavior of this river turtle and to help determine whether Fish and Wildlife should designate this relatively new species a protected status. She used drones, muddy boots, and sheer determination to analyze 44 locations along the Rio Grande River in New Mexico and Southwest Texas. Tune in to see what her team found out!

Next Month, October – The Reeves' Turtle

Bob Hazard and Jeannine Porter will present a program on the Reeves' Turtle. Jeannine briefly shared her Reeves with our chapter during the Annual August BBQ and Sharing event. We'll learn more about this creature next month. We might be able to hold our monthly meeting on the patio – we'll see. We'll take a poll this week and check with the church to see if it will be possible. If so, we will take the necessary precautions to keep us all safe.

See you all this Friday evening!

Your Valley Chapter Team

      Last year, I attended the Turtle Survival Alliance Annual Symposium and learned so much about what is going on around the world regarding turtles and tortoises. One particular presentation stood out from many of the others. Amy Bogolin Arnold, from the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley campus, will share with our chapter her project to learn and analyze the population status of the Rio Grande Cooter (Pseudemys gorzugi) in its natural habitat. We'll see the creative techniques she and her team used to find, map, and study this interesting and elusive turtle in its natural habitat.

Amy had the best photos, graphics, and techniques that I saw that day to help her university team understand the behavior of this river turtle and to help determine whether Fish and Wildlife should designate this relatively new species a protected status. She used drones, muddy boots, and sheer determination to analyze 44 locations along the Rio Grande River in New Mexico and Southwest Texas. Tune in to see what her team found out!

Next Month, October – The Reeves' Turtle

Bob Hazard and Jeannine Porter will present a program on the Reeves' Turtle. Jeannine briefly shared her Reeves with our chapter during the Annual August BBQ and Sharing event. We'll learn more about this creature next month. We might be able to hold our monthly meeting on the patio – we'll see. We'll take a poll this week and check with the church to see if it will be possible. If so, we will take the necessary precautions to keep us all safe.

See you all this Friday evening!

Your Valley Chapter Team

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