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Native Son

April 01, 2010 by Matthew Bettelheim

The Pacific Coast of North America has only one species of native turtle: the western pond turtle. Just 80 years ago, a naturalist found more than 100 of these creatures thriving along an unremarkable stretch of a local creek. Today, a similar survey turns up a fraction of that, as natives compete with plentiful escaped pet turtles and other exotics. But a new conservation plan could tip that balance, and public awareness, back in the western pond turtle's favor.


Planning for the Pond Turtle’s Protection

October 01, 2009 by Aleta George

Scientists are working on the first draft of a conservation strategy for California’s only native freshwater turtle, the western pond ...

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