[wisb] Re: Waukesha, off topic, Blanding's Turtle

I thought it appropriate to respond to this Blanding's turtle topic through WI 
Birding Network since birding is more than just looking at birds and message 
originated on WIBIRDN - hopefully a helpful comment?  If not appropriate 
for WIBIRDN skip on to next message :-).



Hi John,
I just saw your email about the Blanding's turtle on highway.  Probably a 
female 
searching for nesting site (females have a flat bottom/belly and males have 
a concave bottom/belly)?  You probably let her go already, but if not best 
action would be find safe/ideal nesting area near where you found Blanding's 
turtle - especially since its a threatened species in WI.  Female Blanding's 
turtle usually lay eggs from June - July.

I protected a couple Blanding's turtle nest tonight with hardware cloth 2'X2' 
centered/fastened to protect nest from raccoon, skunk etc..  Renewed my permit 
again this year with WI DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources, so that I can 
legally work with Blanding's turtles.

One Blanding's turtle from population that I'm working with turned up at 
Milwaukee Museum (according to Bob Hay retired DNR-BER) because people didn't 
know what to do with Blanding's turtle after they picked it up off road - it 
did 
lay eggs shortly after its trip to Milwaukee Museum. 

I hope this info is helpful for people and Blanding's turtles :-).

Jon




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From: John Stuckert <jstuckert4@xxxxxxxxx>
To: wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Sat, June 18, 2011 7:45:35 AM
Subject: [wisb] Waukesha, off topic, Blanding's Turtle

Hi All, 
How's the birding at Vernon Marsh?

I picked up a mature Blanding's turtle on the highway near my home in Pewaukee. 
I've seen Blanding's turtles at the Vernon marsh and plan to release the turtle 
there this weekend hoping for it safety. Then I'll do some birding. Any Yellow 
Headed Black Birds there these days?

If anyone has a better notion of where a Blanding's should be released, please 
let me know.

John Stuckert
Pewaukee, WI
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