Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Classes/Camps
Surveying Turtles: Contributing to a Long-Term Conservation Project
July 22, 2013 - July 26, 2013
Instructor: Dr. Antonia Florio, Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History
For the past 15 years, scientists at the American Museum of Natural History have tracked and recorded demographic data for the turtles in the Black Rock Forest. This class will allow students to contribute to this dataset through a capture-mark-recapture process. Students will learn about turtle identification, ecology, and behavior, as well as the importance of collecting data for scientific research. We will set up traps around Black Rock Forest’s reservoirs, and then use a taxonomic key to identify which species have been caught. Sex, age, shell measurements, location, and other information will be recorded at the time of capture. We will also spend some time learning field techniques useful for finding other herps (such as salamanders) surrounding the ponds.
Offered July 22 - 26, 2013 - half day classes, high school only. Classes available in the morning and afternoon.
This offering is part of the Black Rock Forest Consortium's Summer Science Series of week-long learning experiences for middle and high school students, which are at the Black Rock Forest Consortium - a private 4,000-acre preserve.