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 [...]

Tour de Turtle Lab2017-08-09T10:09:31-05:00

Life & Lab Work in east TN

Noteworthy happenings: -July 12: Assisted Lynn Faust, a fellow field researcher, in collecting Twilight Bush Baby (P. australis) fireflies from the arboretum. To catch this particular species, we looked for the fireflies glowing yellow-orange vs. commonly seen green tinting. This was a nice relaxing pace compared to frog catching. -July 13-17: My nature-adoring parents came [...]

Life & Lab Work in east TN2017-08-09T10:09:31-05:00

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 [...]

Day #4 Forest Glen2017-08-09T10:09:31-05:00

The Scoop on CRESO

Believe it or not, I actually don't spend all of my time catching frogs or hiking in the Smokies (ha ha, I swear!). Instead, I center much of my free time on assisting other CRESO projects. So here is a much-deserved shout out to them! Bird Boxes Rectangular wooden bird boxes are hung upon trees [...]

The Scoop on CRESO2017-08-09T10:09:32-05:00

Wonders at my Doorstep

One of the best things about my work this Summer has been getting to know all of the diverse creatures in my own backyard. The field site in DuPage is very close to my hometown - my family and I used to ride our bikes right past a marsh that has lots of Blanding’s and [...]

Wonders at my Doorstep2017-08-09T10:09:32-05:00

The Wetland Beautification Project

Simply put, a wetland habitat is an outdoor ecosystem containing reeds, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, and of course, water. It’s a place where many types of fresh water life convene to reproduce, rear young and acquire the resources they need for survival. Unsurprisingly, most natural wetlands are forgotten, and subsequently neglected, due to their annual [...]

The Wetland Beautification Project2017-08-09T10:09:32-05:00