[CT Birds] OT Box Turtle

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Sat Jul 7 20:47:56 EDT 2012

Eastern box turtles were recently down-listed on the IUCN list to "Vulnerable", which is on par with Saltmarsh Sparrow and actually of higher concern on this list than Piping Plover, which is "Near Threatened".  Wood turtles are outright "Endangered" on the list now, which is the same category as Cahow or Golden-cheeked Warbler.  I don't believe we have any red-list endangered birds in CT.  Roseate Terns, though the NW Atlantic population is federally endangered, is listed as "Least Concern" on the list because of the status of the tropical Indo-Pacific subspecies, which are pretty widespread. 


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From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org [ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of David Provencher [davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2012 1:38 PM
To: 'Steve Mayo'; ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] OT Box Turtle

Steve of all the Box Turtles I've seen over the years, I bet more than half
have been seen crossing roads. This despite MANY miles walked/hiked in
appropriate habitat. In fact the last one I saw I rescued as it was crossing
Rte 206 in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey a week or so ago (thank you to the
SEVEN cars who swerved to not crush it before I could get to it!). It was
one of five species of turtle I found on the trip (Box, Red Bellied,
Painted, Spotted, and Stinkpot). So I'm not surprised you've seen as few as
you have.


Dave Provencher

Naturally New England
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[mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Steve Mayo
Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2012 12:54 PM
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Subject: [CT Birds] Backyard Nursery

Off topic, yesterday at Bethany's Schilf Preserve, I chased down a large
female Box Turtle.  With all my trampsing around in appropriate habitat,
this is only my fifth Box Turtle sighting in a decade.

Steve Mayo

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