2013 Box Turtle Conservation Workshop

In Memory of Dr. Susan Hagood

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March 22-23, 2013

North Carolina Zoological Park, Asheboro, North Carolina


The workshop is sponsored by the North American Box Turtle Conservation Committee, the North Carolina Zoological Park, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the National Science Foundation, The HERP Project, and the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Maryland. Additional contributions have been provided by the Tortoise Reserve, the Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society, and Roger Hall Scientific Illustration.


The workshop will focus on Box Turtle population trends, ecology, life history strategies, systematics, and epidemiology. Box Turtle populations are declining throughout their range, yet few efforts have been made to assess current population trends for developing long-term conservation strategies. A major goal of the workshop is to provide current information on population size throughout the species' range, and to encourage population studies in states where these turtles occur. A special session on infectious diseases, chaired by Dr. Matt Allender, will be held in light of recent concerns over ranavirus in wild Box Turtles.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michael Dorcas of Davidson College will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Dorcas will discuss Eastern Box Turtle demography, conservation, and strategies for helping wild populations by engaging citizen scientists. He has studied the life history strategies and ecology of reptiles and amphibians for over 20 years and has published more than 75 scientific papers. The Dorcas undergraduate herpetology program at Davidson College has published a number of papers and has many projects underway.  Dr. Dorcas serves on The Box Turtle Connection Committee in North Carolina and in 2009 he was elected a AAAS Fellow (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Registration and Contact Information

$85 (professional); $75 (full-time students). Registration is available at this link. Deadline for registration is February 28. After this date, or if you have questions about the workshop, please contact John Groves at john.groves@nczoo.org.

Meeting Room

The conference will be held in the Education/Administration Building (Steadman Building), off the North American Exhibit parking lot.


Public transportation to Asheboro from the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro is available through the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (www.partnc.org). However, because participants will need daily transportation from their hotel to the conference site, a rental car is recommended. As of this writing, Thrifty.com offers an economy car for a three-day rental from the airport for $78.36, with unlimited mileage. Participants who are interested in sharing a car rental with other participants may click here.


Dinner Friday and lunch Friday and Saturday will be provided as part of the conference.


The workshop has arranged for a reduced rate of $63.90 per night at the Fairfield Inn and Suites (336-626-9197). Mention the phrase "Box Turtle Workshop" to get the conference discount. This rate is good for a day or two on either side of the conference as well. (Note: If the Fairfield Inn is full, they will direct you to the Hampton Inn-Asheboro (336-625-9000), which will honor the same rate. It is possible that the person you speak to at the Fairfield Inn or Hampton Inn may not be aware of this arrangement with the Workshop. Contact John Groves john.groves@nczoo.org 800-488-0444 or 336-879-7620 if there is a problem.)


This is the fourth in a series of workshops aimed at bringing together individuals actively engaged in Box Turtle research and conservation. To view and download a report on the first Box Turtle Conservation Workshop held in 2004, please click here.


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