The goal of Texas Turtles is to fill a 'Texas-sized' hole in our knowledge of Texas turtles and this is accomplished through collaborative efforts and field research. We regularly conduct visual surveys as well as trapping events to increase our knowledge of our native chelonians. 2019 was not only the inaugural year for Texas Turtles as a non-profit but a very productive one as well. Since our official formation as a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization in April 2019, we have discovered 16 new county records for 10 species, published notes regarding aspects pertaining to the natural history of turtles in Texas, advised the United States Fish and Wildlife Services regarding alligator snapping turtle propagation, provided presentations about Texas turtles to numerous naturalist organizations in Texas as well as internationally. Other media outlets include the Texas Turtles Facebook page, STEM radio and providing technical and on-screen support for the new television show Brave the Wild on Animal Planet. Asides from conducting our own surveys we regularly assist and participate with surveys managed by the Spring Lake Adventure Club, Trinity River Turtle Survey and TSA North America's sites at Comal Springs, County Line BBQ in Austin, Texas and the Padre Island National Seashores Kemp's Ridley sea turtle recovery project. 2019 has been a busy and productive year!
2020 promises to be another productive year and we are scheduling field work that will reveal more about the ecology and natural history of Texas alligator snapping turtles. Very little is known about these secretive and iconic turtles in Texas and we gain priceless knowledge with every new specimen.
Projects for 2020
*Ecology and Natural History of alligator snapping turtles in Tarrant, Dallas and Liberty counties
*Continued participation with the Padre Island national sea shores Kemp's Ridley recovery project
*Establishment of protocols for soft release of three toed box turtles for reintroduction into the wild
*Freshwater turtle diversity in the Texas panhandle
*Continued cooperation with Texas based long-term field research with Turtle Survival Alliance and Trinity river turtle Survey initiatives