On June 26th, Dr. Adamovicz and Sam joined the Lake County team for Blanding’s Bowl. Blanding’s Bowl is an annual get together between local turtle biologists and the Wildlife Epidemiology Laboratory

Dr. Matt Allender Jr. the Blanding's turtle

Dr. Matt Allender Jr. the Blanding’s turtle

to find as many turtles as possible within a week’s time. People are split up into teams and the team that accumulates the most points (based on turtle species, age, and when last seen) wins. This year the Wildlife Epidemiology Laboratory was put together on a team together and found an unnamed Blanding’s turtle head start (a turtle raised in captivity to increase its’ chances of survival). An unnamed Blanding’s turtles head start is worth many points and an opportunity for the finders to name their turtle. After a long discussion and debate, the team settled on Dr. Matt Allender Jr. in honor of our laboratory’s head PI/mentor. Meet Dr. Matt Allender Jr.! Isn’t he such a SCUTIE?