Secret Lives of Turtles [S-20-43]
|Location:||SLU: Piskor 10|
|Classes:||1 Session 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Wed 1:00 PM 03/11|
Most 5th graders know a wealth of information about dinosaurs, but few people understand the unique and remarkable lives of the turtles that live among us. Turtles evolved almost 220 million years ago, yet today they struggle to exist. Globally, turtle species are on the decline: from the worldwide trade in turtles (of which NY state has played a part!) to their inability to adapt to human landscapes, disease and climate change. Turtles are a spiritual symbol of endurance and longevity. We will explore turtle legends, natural history, their plight in uncertain times, and how everyone can be a turtle steward.
Sara Ashpole is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, and Faculty Coordinator of the Sustainability Program at SLU. She received both her undergraduate degrees in Zoology and a Master’s degree in Eco-Toxicology from the University of Guelph, Ontario. She completed her Ph.D. in Conservation Planning at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Since 1999, Sara's research has been collaborative with NGO, government, First Nation peoples, and private landowners, examining cumulative impacts to amphibian, reptile, and turtle populations in the Great Lakes and the south Okanagan River Valley, British Columbia.