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Recent Articles

2021 Toast to Tortoises Fine Wine Auction

The 2021 Toast to Tortoises Fine Wine Auction is now open for bids!  The online auction will be open December 2 – 12, 2021 and can be accessed at www.32auctions/2021Toast. The funds generated from the Toast to Tortoises Fine Wine Auction will go to further The Orianne Society’s research, conservation, and education efforts to conserve […]

Giving Tuesday 2021

What is GivingTuesday? GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.  It all began at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City and, over the last nine years, has grown to become an independent nonprofit and […]

Photo of the Month: November 2021

Southern Hognose snake, by Spencer Verhoef.

Research Update: Exciting Developments from our Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle Projects

I wrote last year about our work surveying for Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtles (Machrochelys suwanniensis) in Georgia as part of a range-wide assessment of the species’ distribution and status. Since that time, there have been several exciting developments in our work with alligator snapping turtles.

Out of Sight: Why Most People Never See a Wood Turtle

With a distinct black head, vibrant orange legs, and a shell that is often patterned with brilliant yellow spots and striations, you might think a Wood Turtle would be easy to spot. Specializing in river valley habitats, Wood Turtles are quite rare across much of their range, but even in the few remaining places where […]