Endangered wood turtles featured in Hayward presentation on Jan. 19

DNR scientist will share how studies of the imperiled reptile – including on the Namekagon River – will help the species survive.




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Via the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway:

Wood turtle (Photo by Jessica Piispanen, USFWS)

Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m.
The Wood Turtle in Wisconsin, presented by Carly Lapin, Ecologist, Wisconsin DNR
Park Theater, 15791 US Highway 63, Hayward, WI
Free and open to the public, reservations encouraged »

Who doesn’t love turtles? These slow and steady reptiles are a common sight in the North Woods, especially along rivers. Yet habitat loss threatens some species, like the wood turtle.

Join the National Park Service, Namekagon River Partnership, and the St. Croix River Association for a presentation on the wood turtle and efforts to conserve and enhance its populations.

Known for growth rings on its sculpted shell, the wood turtle was once a common resident of northern Wisconsin. Unfortunately, it is now a state threatened species. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been investigating wood turtle ecology and conservation strategies in northern Wisconsin since 2014. Efforts have included study of a wood turtle population on the Namekagon River.

Come and hear about our findings and what we are continuing to do to conserve and enhance populations of wood turtles in our state.

Carly Lapin is a District Ecologist based in Rhinelander for the Wisconsin DNR’s Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation. She participates in threatened and endangered species surveys and research and manages a number of State Natural Areas in north-central Wisconsin.

Space is limited and reservations strongly encouraged. To reserve a space, go to www.stcroixriverassociation.org or call (715) 483-3300.


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Endangered wood turtles featured in Hayward presentation on Jan. 19