Turtle protectors to come out of shells; Athol nature group to host `Year of the Turtle' author at conference.Byline: George Barnes There have been several notable people named George Barnes. They include:
AMHERST - The wind chills are below zero, snow coats the ground, and little more than a few snowshoe hares can be seen out and about.
It seems like a perfect time to talk turtle.
The Massachusetts Turtle Symposium, planned for Feb. 23 and 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts The system includes UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth (affiliated with Cape Cod Community College), UMass Lowell, and the UMass Medical School. It also has an online school called UMassOnline. Campus Center, will offer those who attend a chance to learn the state of turtle populations in the state and what can be done to protect them.
The Athol Bird and Nature Club is the lead organization planning the event, working with the University of Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources Many sub-national governments have a Department of Natural Resources or similarly-named organization:
Susan Cloutier of the Athol Bird and Nature Club said the event will feature keynote speaker David Carroll David Carroll is the name of:
Mr. Carroll is the author and illustrator of three widely acclaimed natural histories, based on his extensive fieldwork in wetlands. They include "The Year of the Turtle," "Trout Reflections and Swampwalker's Journal," and the semi-autobiography "Self-Portrait with Turtles."
He is also an artist, and his botanical and forestry paintings have earned him awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the International Society of Arboriculture The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Champaign, Illinois USA. Its mission statement: "Through research, technology, and education promote the professional practice of arboriculture and foster a greater public awareness of . In 1999, he received an Environmental Merit Award from the Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and , and in 2006 he was named a MacArthur Fellow for "helping people of all ages see the beauty, history, and value in swamps, bogs, kettle ponds and rivers."
Mr. Carroll will speak at a dinner event Friday night.
Mrs. Cloutier said she organized the event to place a focus both on turtles and on the need to preserve the habitat they live in. She said it will also give her a chance personally to learn more about turtles. She said she has been doing field work entire life, studying many things in nature, but she knows little about turtles.
"I'm going to be learning a lot," she said.
Mrs. Cloutier said one of the reasons the symposium is being held in February is that all is quiet on the turtle front this time of year.
"In March, the spotted turtles start coming out," she said, adding that once the turtles come out for the spring, Mr. Carroll would be busy with field work and likely unavailable as a speaker.
Along with her involvement with the Athol Bird and Nature Club and the Millers River Environmental Center, Mrs. Cloutier also works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Silvio O. Conte Silvio Ottavio Conte (November 9, 1921 – February 8, 1991) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for 16 terms, from January 3, 1959 until his death. Wildlife Refuge wildlife refuge, haven or sanctuary for animals; an area of land or of land and water set aside and maintained, usually by government or private organization, for the preservation and protection of one or more species of wildlife. in Turners Falls. The wildlife refuge is also sponsoring the event, along with the U.S. Geological Survey's Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the University of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Natural History and Endangered Species endangered species, any plant or animal species whose ability to survive and reproduce has been jeopardized by human activities. In 1999 the U.S. government, in accordance with the U.S. Program and Hyla Ecological Services, a private environmental firm that specializes in rare species surveys and habitat assessment.
Speakers will focus on several types of turtles and their habitats, including spotted, musk, snapping, box, Blandings, Diamond-backed and sea turtles.
Mrs. Cloutier said the turtle symposium is geared to landowners, land managers, teachers, foresters and naturalists. Among the presenters will be Leigh Youngblood of the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust in Athol.
The symposium is also an opportunity for teachers, foresters and conservation commissioners to earn credits toward advance degrees.
The full agenda for the symposium and a registration form are available online at www.millersriver.net/turtles. Participants may register for one or both daytime sessions and for the Friday night banquet. Limited scholarships are available. Information in the scholarships may be obtained by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an additional fee for registering after Feb. 16.
Mr. Carroll, presenter Barbara Brennessel, and other authors will be available Friday for book signings. Ms. Brennessel, the Goldberg professor of biology at Wheaton College Wheaton College may refer to:
Any omnivorous aquatic turtle of the family Emydidae, especially the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin). ."
CUTLINE: Leigh Youngblood