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Clarkson Seminar Series at Minna Anthony Common Nature Center


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Dr. Johnson's seminar is the first in our six-part series featuring Clarkson University faculty or affiliates. The seminars will take place on Saturday evenings, May through October at the Nature Center. Each seminar will last approximately one hour with time before and after for refreshments and to talk with the featured speaker. The dates of the seminars are: May 12, June 9, July 21, August 11, September 8 and October 13. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Kring skring@clarkson.edu

Join Dr. Glenn Johnson, Biology Professor at SUNY Potsdam, for a program on the conservation of the NYS Threatened Blanding's turtle. This species of semi-aquatic turtle prefers shrubby wetlands for both foraging for food and overwintering. Adults do not start breeding until they are almost 20 years old and females often travel great distances to their favorite nesting areas, which consists of sandy soils with little vegetation and good sun exposure. While their wetland habitats are largely protected today, the need to move about the landscape for nesting and dispersal puts them at great risk as they cross roads to reach these sites.

Since 1998, Dr. Johnson, his students, and colleagues at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Clarkson University have been actively involved in learning more about this species and seeking ways to reduce mortality so that their populations remain sustainable in our region. Dr. Johnson will discuss these efforts and talk about all the kinds of turtles found in northern New York and will have some live specimens on hand as well.