Blanding's turtle COSEWIC assessment and status report: chapter 14


Professor Ronald J. Brooks provided us with his guidance, knowledge, and expertise, responding to countless emails, putting up with the unexpected drop-ins at his office, as well as thoroughly reviewing and editing several drafts of this report. Were it not for his assistance, this report would not have been completed. We would like to thank Michael J. Oldham for invaluable assistance, for a thorough review of a previous draft, as well as access to the Ontario Herpetofaunal Summary he supplied. Scott Gillingwater graciously provided access to the data that he and his fellow biologists had collected on populations in Rondeau P.P., Long Point P.P. and Big Creek N.W.A., he also provided us with his expert opinion on many matters. David Rodrigue, we thank for the access he provided to the Québec Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles data bank. The majority of the information on the population in Nova Scotia was provided by Professor Tom Herman and Jennifer McNeil; to them we are deeply indebted. Ben Porchuk provided us with his unmatched knowledge and understanding of the diverse ecosystem of Pelee Island. Dr. David M. Green generously provided to us his calculation of the Extent of Occurrence of the Nova Scotia population of Blanding’s Turtle.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Bob Johnson, Constance Browne, Norm Quinn, Mike Hall, John Haggeman, Kim Barrett, Paul Ashley, Glenda Clayton, Lauren Trute, David and Carolyn Seburn, Sandy Dobbyn, Chris Burns, Angie Horner, Francis Cook, Jean-François Desroches, and Daniel St-Hilaire for providing us with the much needed information that made this report possible. Raymond Saumure, we thank you for your benevolence, support, and assistance, as well as the access to the Ontario population data you provided. Thanks are also due to Danielle Santaguida and Andrea Suley for amendments to the report and to Julie Brunett for her services as a translator. Thanks lastly to all volunteers who have provided their time assisting with the collection and input of data into the OHS and QAAR databases; reports such as this one would not be possible without your valuable assistance.

Funding for the preparation of this status report was provided by the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada.

Authorities Contacted

Alcorn, Eric
Department of Biology
Acadia University
Wolfville NS

Ashley, Paul
Wildlife Area Manager
Big Creek and Long Point N.W.A..
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada

Barrett, Kim
Senior Ecologist
Conservation Halton
Watershed Planning services
Milton, ON

Bonin, Joël
Director of Conservation
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Montreal, QC

Brdar, Corina
Zone Ecologist
Southeastern Parks Zone
Kingston, ON

Brooks, Ronald J.
Department of Zoology
College of Biological Science
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON

Browne, Constance
PhD Candidate
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

Burns, Chris
Species at Risk Biologist
Kemptville District
Kemptville, ON

Clayton, Glenda
Reptile Awareness Program
Parry Sound, ON

Cook, Francis R.
Editor, Canadian Field-Naturalist
North Augusta, ON

Desroches, Jean-François
Consultant in Herpetology
Charlesbourg, QC

DeWit, Janine
Senior, NHE Leader
Brighton, ON

Dobbyn, Sandy
Natural Heritage Education Leader
Park Biologist
Rondeau Provincial Park
Morpeth, ON

Gillingwater, Scott
Species at Risk Biologist
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
London, ON

Haggeman, John
Site Manager
St. Clair National Wildlife Area
Paincourt, ON

Hall, Mike
Biologist, Ministry of Natural Resources
Sudbury District
Sudbury, ON

Herman, Tom
Acadia University
Department of Biology
Wolfville, NS

Hiscock, Nancy
OLL Resource Management Technician
Ministry of Natural Resources
Pembroke, ON

Horner, Angie
Bancroft District
Minden, ON

Johnson, Bob
Toronto Zoo
Scarborough, ON

Jutras, Jacques
Coordonnateur herpétofaune,
Micromammifères et chiroptères
Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune
Québec, QC

Knudson, Robert
OMNR Technician
Algoma District
Sault-Ste-Marie, Ontario

Korel, Burke
Central Zone Ecologist
Ontario Parks
Huntsville, ON

Malhiot, Mike
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Huron/Perth Area Office
Clinton, ON

Oldham, Michael J.
Natural Heritage Information Centre
Robinson Pl 2nd Flr N
Peterborough, ON

Porchuk, Ben
Executive Director
The Wilds of Pelee Island
Outdoor Conservation Area
Pelee Island, ON

Power, Terry
Regional Wildlife Biologist
NS Department of Natural Resources
Sydney, NS

Quinn, Norm
Park Biologist (retired)
Algonquin Provincial Park

Rodrigue, David
Assistant Director, Ecomuseum
Coordinator, Atlas of amphibians and reptiles of Quebec
Quebec Amphibian populations Monitoring proram
Saint Lawrence Valley Natural History Society
Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

Saumure, Raymond A.
Environmental Biologist
The Springs Preserve
Las Vegas, Nevada

Seburn, David and Carolyn
Seburn Ecological Services
Oxford Mills, ON

St-Hilaire Daniel
Coordonnateur régional de l’herpétofaune
Région de l’Outaouais
Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune

Gatineau, QC

Toth, Norah
Natural Heritage Education Leader
MacGregor Point
Port Elgin, ON

Trottier, Jim
Biologist, Ministry of Natural Resources
Blind River District
Blind River, ON

Trute, Lauren
Biologist, Ministry of Natural Resources
Pembroke District
Pembroke, ON

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