About Lauren and John

John and Lauren are rising second-year veterinary students spending the summer analyzing the health of the Blanding's turtle, a state endangered species.

Week 1: Learning the Field

The first week of Blanding’s turtle work has been fun, hard, hot, cold, wet, and awesome. We have had a great time getting to know the wildlife biologists and techs we will be working with throughout the summer, and getting settled into our new roles as part of this collaborative team. Every day has been [...]

By | 2017-08-09T10:09:31+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let’s go to Lake County

Welcome to our blog where we will be sharing our experiences this summer as we work with the Lake County Forest Preserve District to assess Blanding’s turtle health! As part of Dr. Matt Allender’s Wildlife Epidemiology Lab we have the opportunity to monitor and evaluate Illinois’ largest known population of Blanding’s turtles in a small [...]

By | 2017-08-09T10:09:31+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Blandings Turtle Blog, Turtles|0 Comments