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Native turtle conservation is the subject of a presentation on Feb. 8 in Portland

Western Painted Turtle
Western Painted Turtle
- ODFW Photo -

January 24, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. —Oregon Wildlife (Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation) invites you to learn about Oregon’s native turtles― the western pond and western painted― at a free presentation by Dan Rosenberg of the Oregon Wildlife Institute. The presentation will be held at the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District. A reception begins at 6 p.m. The lecture at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; registration is required. Register online at the Foundation’s website, www.owhf.org/discoveringwildlife.

Attendees will learn about the state’s two native turtle species and to protect and enhance populations in the Portland area.  The presentation includes information for landowners about voluntary conservation actions that can help native turtles.  Like many of the world’s freshwater turtles, Oregon’s turtle populations are declining due to habitat loss, degradation of nesting areas by invasive plants, competition from invasive turtles, nest predation, and predation on young turtles by invasive aquatic species.
Both the western painted and western pond turtle are listed in the Oregon Conservation Strategy as species in need of help.

Funding for Rosenburg’s work comes from the Oregon Wildlife, Oregon Zoo, City of Portland, Metro, Port of Portland and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
For more information or questions, contact the Foundation at (503) 255-6059. The talk will be held at the Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center of the Ecotrust Building in Portland’s Pearl District, 721 NW Ninth Avenue, Portland.

Other topics in the 2011-12 Discovering Wildlife Lecture Series include invasive aquatic and terrestrial species, Pacific lamprey and burrowing owls.

Western Pond Turtle
Western Pond Turtle
- ODFW Photo -
For high-resolution copies and to see other turtle photos, visit ODFW’s Flickr website

Oregon Wildlife  supports projects to protect, restore, and provide access to Oregon’s wildlife and outdoor resources.  Since its founding, OWHF has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout Oregon. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats.

For more information, contact Tim Greseth, Oregon Wildlife executive director, (503) 255-6059 or Meg Kenagy, ODFW Conservation Communications coordinator, (503) 947-6021.

Photos attached: Western Pond Turtle. ODFW photo. Western Painted Turtle, ODFW Photo. For high-resolution copies and to see other turtle photos, visit ODFW’s Flickr website, http://www.flickr.com/photos/odfw/sets/72157623092765619/

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Contact:

Tim Greseth,
Oregon Wildlife executive director
(503) 255-6059
or Meg Kenagy,
ODFW Conservation Communications coordinator
(503) 947-6021

 
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