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Blanding's Turtles Overwintering Habitat Selection
The goal of the project is to determine the overwintering habitat of Blanding?s turtles, a threatened species in Northern New York. Where these turtles go and what they do during the winter months is largely unknown. It is also unknown whether all age and sex classes select similar habitats or make periodic winter movements. Turtles will be trapped in early spring, and then tracked routinely throughout winter months. Their locations will be documented and compared and the temperature and habitat variables will be measured to determine if they select specific habitat features. Data will be summarized in a technical report to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, who will use it to help prepare a recovery plan for this species.