Sat, Apr 13|
Rodgers Tavern Museum
SPRING LECTURE SERIES: Conservation and Ecology of Maryland’s River Turtle, the Northern Map Turtle
Maryland's only river turtle, the Northern Map Turtle, is a Maryland Endangered Species found in the Susquehanna River and its immediate tributaries. Discover the threats they face and efforts to conserve these fascinating turtles, including the population in Perryville. FREE IN-PERSON ONLY
Time & Location
Apr 13, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Rodgers Tavern Museum, 259 Broad St, Perryville, MD 21903, USA
About the Event
ATTEND IN-PERSON ONLY (attendance limited)
The Northern Map Turtle is Maryland’s only true river turtle. It is only found in the Susquehanna River in Maryland and its immediate tributaries. Although common in many parts of the United States, the Northern Map Turtle is considered an endangered species in Maryland, as a result of habitat loss from dam construction, pollution, over-collecting for the pet trade, and the impacts of predation from predators like raccoons. Townson University has been studying the ecology of the Northern Map Turtle in Maryland since 2008, and the primary goal of our research is to find ways of managing and conserving what is left of this fascinating species. Dr. Dr. Richard A. Seigel will provide an overview of that research, with emphasis on some of the major threats that the map turtle faces, with attention to the population here in Perryville.
Dr. Richard A. Seigel is Professor Emeritus of the Deptment of Biological Sciences at Towson University.
All lectures are recorded and will be made available to the public on the Rodgers Tavern Museum website and on YouTube.