Week 4: Turtle Team Goes Camping

Our next field week took us to Stephen A. Forbes State Park in Illinois for a week of stumbling upon turtles and camping under the stars! With a forecast of thunderstorms for the duration of the week we were prepared for an exciting few days. We left school at 5AM with a caravan of students and [...]

By | 2018-07-10T11:34:39+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 5: Night Nesting

Maurer Nested First The first turtle nested! She made a run for it, dug a hole and layed her eggs like a pro. She is a newly tracked turtle this year so we weren’t sure when or where to expect her to nest but she did so and it was all exciting! Until… the next [...]

By | 2018-07-06T07:54:53+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 3: Jaws

This week we had the opportunity to work with some real monsters: Alligator Snapping Turtles (AST’s)!! As part of a reintroduction project headed by our biologist lab mate, Ethan, we were able to help take health samples from turtles that have been raised and reintroduced to the wild. Tracking, diving for, and wrangling these [...]

By | 2018-07-02T12:47:10+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 2: Tour de Turtles

Our second week turned out to be a whirlwind tour through several Illinois counties and turtle species! We were lucky enough to sample ornate box turtles and Blanding’s turtles within a few days! We missed our large crew of fellow veterinary students that we sampled eastern box turtles with last week but got to [...]

By | 2018-07-02T11:27:43+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 4: 100 Samples and Counting

Kirsten Writes a Note to Self You will also see a picture of me working at my lab bench with a taped note saying “Literally please wait 5 minutes OMG.” As you can imagine, lab work does not always run smoothly. I am spending a lot of lab time this summer doing DNA extractions, and it [...]

By | 2018-06-21T22:16:16+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 3: Cat or Frog

We Felt Eggs    It is that time of season where female Blanding’s turtles are becoming gravid (carrying eggs). These turtles have delayed maturation, reaching sexual maturity between 14-20 years of age, which this one of the reasons for an unsustainable population. The amount of turtles that survive to this age, avoiding habitat destruction, road mortality, [...]

By | 2018-06-21T22:15:23+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 2: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Two weeks in and we are already famous (and a little rich in terms of vet student status since we passed our first pay day). Well not really, but we did appear in the background of a few news stories featuring LCFPD’s Blanding’s turtle head-starting program. What we really care about getting famous is our state-endangered [...]

By | 2018-06-16T15:45:56+00:00 June 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 1: Diving in head first

The 2018 season of Turtle Team started off with a bang! Dogs were running everywhere, turtles were being found right and left, and everyone was having a blast! For those unfamiliar with what Turtle Team is, this week we will be giving a brief overview of the project. Turtle Team is an ongoing research project [...]

By | 2018-06-15T13:18:37+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Week 1: Welcome to Turtle Town

Welcome to our Blanding’s blog, where we are excited to share our summer turtle adventures with you! The school year just ended, the field season has officially started and we are more than thrilled to get our feet wet (literally and figuratively). As a part of Dr. Matt Allender’s Wildlife Epidemiology Lab, we as veterinary [...]

By | 2018-06-12T19:29:22+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Slithering Through Indiana

I spent the last few weeks in Indiana soaking up as much fieldwork as possible before school starts up again! Three weeks ago, our group set out on a (short) road trip to conduct the first formal survey of Snake Fungal Disease in Indiana! Thanks to Dr. Sarah Baker and Seth LaGrange we found [...]

By | 2017-08-26T15:56:51+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments