Register Now for April CCP Virtual Meeting About Turtles!

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Painted turtle

Painted turtle. Photo by Jeff Beane.

The April Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) meeting will focus on turtles!

Please join us on April 21, 2022, from 9–11:30 a.m. for a virtual meeting to learn all about Turtles of the North Carolina Piedmont.

Meeting Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions

Turtles of the North Carolina Piedmont
Jeff Beane, Herpetology Collection Manager, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences

North Carolina’s piedmont region is home to at least 11 native turtle species, plus at least one introduced species and one introduced subspecies. Eight of these species have been documented from Chatham County. This presentation will touch briefly on turtle taxonomy, anatomy, and general biology and focus primarily on natural history, distribution, and identification of our Piedmont turtles.

The Box Turtle Connection: Building a Legacy 
Sara Steffen, Assistant Chair of the Box Turtle Connection and Assistant Manager of Durant & Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserves, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department.
Did you know that the Eastern Box Turtle is North Carolina’s state reptile and needs our help? In North Carolina, box turtles are not protected and seem to be disappearing quickly. Box turtles can tell us a lot about the health of an ecosystem which is why it’s important that we learn as much as we can about them and their populations. The Box Turtle Connection project is leading the way to do just that by collecting data on turtle populations across the state. Join us and learn more about the eastern box turtle, what the project is doing to help conserve box turtles, and discover ways that you can help support this species in your own backyard.

Turtle Rescue Team 
Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
The NC State Turtle Rescue Team (TRT) is a volunteer organization run by veterinary students at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The TRT provides medical, surgical and husbandry services free of charge in the hope of releasing rehabilitated turtles back into the wild. 

Q&A Session

CCP Updates and announcements from members

Click here to register for this virtual meeting. Registration deadline is 5 p.m. on April 20. Registrants will receive an email prior to the event with the Zoom link. 

CCP Steering Committee: Brooke Massa, Brandy Oldham, Debbie Roos, Margaret Sands, Allison Weakley.

For more information about the Chatham Conservation Partnership, visit the CCP website or email

Common musk turtle

Common musk turtle. Photo by Jeff Beane.

Pond slider

Pond slider. Photo by Jeff Beane.