About Kayla

Kayla is a third year vet student, her main focus is to explore the epidemiology of common pathogens of reptiles and amphibians in eastern and southern Illinois.

Tour de Turtle Lab

Our lab, W.E.L., is involved in many projects that play a part in conserving our ecosystem. W.E.L. focuses on reptiles and amphibians. We filled this role because there is a decline in reptile and amphibian wild populations. The goal then is to determine [...]

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Turtle Team’s camping adventure at Forbes!

This was our second time, ever, searching at Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area in southern Illinois. This search site was so far away from the Wildlife Epidemiology Lab that we had to stay overnight near the site. This means that we got to camp after searching for Eastern Box Turtles and after labwork was [...]

Turtle Team’s camping adventure at Forbes!2017-08-09T10:09:31-05:00

Day #4 Forest Glen

May 19th 2016   Forest Glen Preserve is my absolute favorite site to search for turtles in Vermilion County!! What makes this endeavor even more spectacular is that we had guests from the Box Turtle Conservation Workshop hike with us to search for eastern box turtles.   The Box Turtle Conservation Workshop was held the [...]

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Day #3 Kickapoo

May 18th 2016   It was a sunny day at Kickapoo State Recreation Area with little to no wind. We captured eight turtles in total during a 2 hour search effort.   An added gem to this search effort is that it correlates with Jeremy's PhD study! His radiotelemetry project with Eastern Box Turtles was planned [...]

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Day #2 Kennekuk

May 17th 2016   It was a cloudy day at Kennekuk County Park with no wind. We captured nine turtles in total during our 2.5 hour search effort.   The quirky thing is that we caught the same amount of turtles as we did on Day #1! Kennekuk's trail map. [...]

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Day #1 Collison

May 16th 2016   It was a mostly sunny day at Middle Fork State Wildlife Area (a.k.a. Collison) with little to no wind. Collison, as a site, is right down the road from Kickapoo State Recreation Area. We captured nine turtles in total during our 2 hour search effort. Not only was it a beautiful [...]

Day #1 Collison2017-08-09T10:09:32-05:00