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Chicago’s “Fishin’ Buddies” Students Search for Box Turtles at Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Region 3, July 3, 2014
Fishin' Buddies students and Refuge Biologist Jeramie Strickland search for ornate box turtles
Fishin' Buddies students and Refuge Biologist Jeramie Strickland search for ornate box turtles - Photo Credit: n/a
Refuge Biologist Jeramie Strickland explains the turtle life history to Fishin' Buddies students
Refuge Biologist Jeramie Strickland explains the turtle life history to Fishin' Buddies students - Photo Credit: n/a
Fishin' Buddies Students with ornate box turtle
Fishin' Buddies Students with ornate box turtle - Photo Credit: n/a
Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata)
Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata) - Photo Credit: n/a

Chicago-based “Fishin’ Buddies” Student Conservation Conference visited the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Savanna District, and learned about the history and ecological restoration of the refuge.

Refuge staff welcomed the students and talked about their career paths with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A highlight of the visit was a tour by Refuge Biologist and native Chicagoan Jeramie Strickland, who explained the purpose and operations of the ornate box turtle conservation program. Students searched among the prickly pear cactus and other sand prairie plants for individuals of the protected population of this species, and learned about radio telemetry from Jeramie before getting a close-up encounter with one of the box turtles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chicago Field Office works with Fishin’ Buddies to introduce urban students to the outdoors and natural resource careers through this conservation leadership training program.

Learn more about Fishin’ Buddies at https://www.facebook.com/FishinBuddies1991

Contact Info: Louise Clemency, 847-381-2253, louise_clemency@fws.gov