UPLAND HABITAT OCCUPANCY BY NORTHWESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN POND TURTLES IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
|Jeff Alvarez; The Wildlife Project; email@example.com; , Jeff A Alvarez
Northwestern and southwestern pond turtles are declining throughout their range. Their precipitous decline is correlated with habitat conversion, degradation, and destruction, typically related to anthropogenic sources. Pond turtles of both species utilize uplands for numerous aspects of their natural history and can be found in upland areas for the vast majority of the year. This poses significant concerns for their conservation since locating them in uplands is challenging, to say the least. Knowing which life stages use uplands during specific times of the year can facilitate avoiding injury and mortality, which is critical to sustaining populations of these long-lived species.