Protecting the Elusive Bog Turtle: Spotlight on Expert Stan Boder

February 1, 2024

EnviroScience Senior Herpetologist Stan Boder, a USFWS-Qualified Bog Turtle Surveyor, Carefully Observes the Critically Endangered Bog TurtleThe Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii), a critically endangered species, has found a champion in our Senior Herpetologist, Stan Boder. Stan is not just passionate about these creatures; he is also a Qualified Bog Turtle Surveyor through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. This recognition is significant, given the Bog Turtle’s precarious status.

Listed as threatened since 1997, the Bog Turtle is among the most imperiled species in North America. Found from Vermont to Georgia and as far west as Ohio, these turtles are particularly vulnerable in Pennsylvania, where their habitat intersects with suburban development.

Bog Turtles are the smallest turtles in North America, easily identifiable by the bright yellow or orange blotches on each side of their head and neck. They thrive in wet meadows and boggy areas, feeding on small invertebrates. However, they face numerous threats, including habitat destruction and invasive species.

To protect these turtles, the USFWS mandates comprehensive surveys within their range. These surveys are critical for assessing habitats and determining the presence of Bog Turtles. They are divided into three phases:

Phase 1: Evaluating wetland suitability based on soil, hydrology, and vegetation.

Phase 2: Conducting visual surveys in suitable habitats to confirm the presence of Bog Turtles.

Phase 3: Trapping efforts in dense vegetation areas or where visual surveys are inconclusive.

Stan Boder, with his specialized training and permits, is at the forefront of these efforts. He conducts these surveys and plays a pivotal role in on-site construction monitoring to ensure the protection of these habitats.

Stan’s dedication exemplifies our commitment to conservation. Through his work, we’re not just complying with regulations; we’re actively participating in the preservation of a species that is an irreplaceable part of our natural heritage. Join us in celebrating Stan’s contribution to the protection of the Bog Turtle. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of these remarkable creatures.

To learn more about our incredibly talented team of herpetologists and how EnviroScience can help you properly navigate federal and state regulations that protect threatened and endangered species on your next project, visit our Reptile & Amphibian Survey webpage.

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