on Feb 02, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 4356
Media Contact: Marti Kane, Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education
(919) 707-0203
marti.kane@ncwildlife.org

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2011) – How has development in and around Lake Raleigh Woods affected the local box turtle population?

That question and a subsequent study to determine answers will be the topic of a Feb. 16 program in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Seminar Series at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. The seminar begins at 4 p.m. immediately following a 3:30 p.m. networking session with free refreshments.

Wildlife educator Kim Burge of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss how, since 2007, the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education has conducted research with help from local schools and citizens, utilizing box turtle mark and recapture and radio telemetry projects.

“The presentation includes up-to-date population data from the woods. Attendees will learn why we consider these approachable reptiles to be key ambassadors for encouraging outdoor exploration and connecting with wildlife,” Burge said. “Firsthand, we see how our actions impact the natural world.”

The program is part of an open-to-the-public series of seminars, which are a partnership between faculty and students in the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Program at NCSU and biologists, managers and educators with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

This box turtle project is important in many ways, Burge said. The box turtle is a priority species in the state's Wildlife Action Plan and students and members of the public have helped biologists learn more about its status through these tracking projects.

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is a free visitor and learning facility of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Located at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University, the center features interactive exhibits highlighting Piedmont wildlife species and habitats. A limited number of free visitor parking spaces are available at the Center, and a $2 daily pass for nearby campus parking is available at the Centennial Campus visitor booth on Varsity Drive.

For more information on the Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar series at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, call (919) 707-0203 or go to click here.