The Service began a bog turtle status review in 2011 to determine whether populations increased, remained stable or continued to decline. Based on this review, the Service and our partners are preparing a five-year plan to reduce the magnitude of threats facing bog turtles and develop conservation actions to help recover the species.
In Nov. 2011, representatives from more than 30 partner organizations – state agencies, non-profits, universities and many more – met in Langhorne, Penn. to discuss the bog turtle’s status and provide input for future conservation actions.
“The purpose of the bog turtle recovery meeting is to bring our partners together to share information and provide input that will inform future conservation actions,” said Alison Whitlock, the Service’s Bog Turtle Recovery Coordinator. “It is also a great opportunity to share the latest conservation efforts and results from across the Northeast, and for new staff to learn from experts in the field who have been working with bog turtles for over 20 years.”
You can read more about bog turtles, conservation actions, and get the latest news on our five-year plan here: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/njfieldoffice/Endangered/bogturtle.html