The New York Turtle and Tortoise Society, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the conservation, preservation of habitat, and the promotion of proper husbandry and captive propagation of turtles and tortoises. The Society emphasizes the education of its members and the public in all areas relevant to the appreciation of these unique animals. Donations to the Society are tax deductible and can be made online with your credit card by clicking the Donate button,
or by sending a check payable to NYTTS, to NYTTS Donations, 1214 W. Boston Post Road, Box 267, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.
Stephanie Thompson, a founding officer and longtime member of NYTTS, passed away in July 2011. Her gravestone was recently unveiled (complete with turtle carving) at the Westchester Hills Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. See her memorial page.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation invites public
to comment on current changes to hunting regulations being considered
Included in the possible regulation changes for 2017 are:
5. Idea: Amend 6 NYCRR Part 3 to close the season on diamondback terrapin and add the species to the list of native turtles with no open season.
Background Information: Diamondback terrapins are a species of turtle that live in brackish waters associated with the lower Hudson River, Long Island Sound, Peconic Bay, and the coastal embayments along the south shore of Long Island. Declines in terrapin populations and increasing pressures from habitat loss, nesting predation, and commercial harvest for specialized markets has prompted closure of harvest in all of the states in the terrapin's range with the exception of New York. Concerns for New York terrapin populations have prompted this change to repeal Part 3.1 to close the open season and provide protection to the species from harvest. Amending part 3.2 to add diamondback terrapin to the list of native turtles with no open season would effectively protect the species in all lifestages from being collected in the wild without a Special License to collect and possess.
You are invited to comment on these preliminary ideas, which may or may not be formally proposed at a later time. See complete announcement ideas proposed here. Submit your comments by December 23, 2016 to any ideas proposed by sending an sending an email or by writing to NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.
Saluting Our Own Lorri Cramer, Director of the NYTTS Turtle Rehab Program
When authorities find sick or illegally obtained turtles in New York City, Lorri Cramer is one of the first people they call. As a wildlife rehabilitator, Cramer nurses the little guys back to health until they are ready to be released in the wild. Over the past 30 years, she has taken care of thousands of turtles from her Manhattan apartment.
Honoring Peter Pritchard
The 14th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles (New Orleans, 2016) honored Peter Pritchard for his life time accomplishments. Produced by the Turtles Conservancy.
John Iverson, author of A Revised Checklist with Distribution Maps of Turtles of the World
Ross Kiester, Chief Program Officer for the Turtle Conservancy
Bernard Devaux, Village des Tortues (Turtle Village), Gonfaron, France
James Juvik, Turtle Conservancys Senior Conservation Scientist
Roger Wood, former Director of Research at The Wetlands Institute and Professor of Biology, Stockton State College
The Art of Tony Monahan
Carapace Explorations by NYTTS member Tony Monahan, was hosted by the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery from February 18 through April 10, 2016. For those who missed the exhibit, Queensborough Community College has produced this YouTube video.
Along with painting with acrylic paint on stretched canvass, Tony describes his principal medium as Paper Structures: selected papers layered with mat board and constructed with glue, rice starch, and reinforced with stainless steel screws, nuts and bolts. I do not use paints to color or design the paper. The papers are procured for their color, texture, patterns, and compatibility with the images I am planning. I often spend years collecting the right types of paper before starting a piece of art. It has taken 18 years to produce 50 quality piecesan average of three per year.
Best-In-Show at the 2016 Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show
Awarded for outstanding husbandry, Anthony Pierlioni displays Best-in-Show trophy and his winning turtles assisted by Show Judge Patrice Whittington.
The winning turtles were an IndoChinese box turtle (Cuora galbrinifrons), a spider tortoise (Pyxis arachnoides), and a Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle (Geoemyda japonica).
Professor Russell Burke Announces
Next Galápagos Tour
At long last we are ready to start accepting deposits for a Galápagos trip in January 2017. Ive worked with our usual agent to put together a great itinerary.
I am familiar with all the sites and can promise you all the normal wonderful sights in the Galápagos (penguins, flamingos, boobies, marine and land iguanas, sea turtles, frigate birds, sea lions, finches, excellent snorkeling, volcanoes, etc., etc., etc.) plus lots and lots and LOTS of tortoises. What I listed are many of the standard things everyone thinks of, but there is so much more. We will spend a day on a tortoise research project and do some conservation work. We will have an Ecuadorian guide with us all the time while there, and I will be happy to share what Ive learned over the years as well.
The total cost, which will cover almost everything except a few meals, will be $5,500. We will set things up so folks can fly out of NYC or Miami, we will meet up in Guayaquil. We will take the first 15 people who get their deposits in. After that, we will take deposits to cover any cancellations. We can accommodate couples, special diets, many kinds of special needs.
If youre ready to pay your $1,000 deposit to hold your space, contact Eric Sheets at Latin Excursions at 305-356-8488 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact me (Russell.L.Burke@hofstra.edu) if you have any questions about the trip. I can add lots more detail to what we will be doing.
Preserving Lonesome George
A short documentary from the American Museum of Natural History
Lonesome George at the Museum of Natural History
Nearly four years have passed since the death of Lonesome George on June 24, 2012. Since then he was sent to the American Museum of Natural History to be preserved for generations to see and appreciate the magnificent animal he was.
In Memoriam ~ Yaqui Guthrie Yamdrok
November 12, 1932August 25, 2015
Yaqui Yamdrok (née Sally Guthrie) died on August 25. She was a long-time member of NYTTS, and many will remember her from meetings. After the death of her own turtle, Mullanher companion for almost 50 years(!), she spent many hours at the Wild Bird Fund caring for the turtles in the north window, for whom she was a constant advocate. We miss her impassioned presence.
She was an actress, a professional photographer, and the author of a childrens book, By Two. About 15 years ago she wrote an essay about her life. Excellent Advice from Barbara Daddario
on Turtles and Tortoises as Pets
Our own Barbara Daddario, Chair of the NYTTS Public Education and Information Committee, was interviewed by VetSteeet.com (a Web site devoted to advice for pet owners, finding veterinary care, and pet news). Read Barbaras advice in Tempted to Get a Pet Turtle or Tortoise? Read This First, by Linda Lombardi, March 27, 2014.
Frank with giant mata-mata
That Reptile Blog by Frank Indiviglio
Frank Indiviglio, former Staten Island Zoo and Bronx Zoo keeper, and long-time friend of NYTTS, writes numerous articles for That Pet Place, especially for That Reptile Blog as well as others.
Populations worldwide are in serious decline. NYTTS salutes
Dr. Kerry Kriger and Save the Frogs for its vital conservation work.
Order Online! NYTTS bumper stickers and turtle food (Turtle Brittle and AquaMax) can now be ordered online. Payment by credit card through PayPal, or by check. Go to the NYTTS Online Order Form.
Notice to New York City Residents
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation now has a 24-hour tips line to report violations of protected species regulations. It is prohibited to sell any New York State species of reptiles and amphibians. If you see any New York species for sale in pet shops or markets, please call 1-800-847-7332. Report the name and address of the business, and the animals you observed for sale.
Unfortunately, we no longer have local homes for these turtles because of the high numbers that have come to us in recent years. We sometimes have members with ponds who may offer to take in displaced sliders. We do not accept postings by individuals for adoptions of any species. All adoptions are handled through official NYTTS channels, and notices will be emailed to members at the discretion of our Board. Those members wishing to place turtles or to be considered as prospective adopters of sliders and other species should email QandA@nytts.org with their contact information and the species they are interested in placing or adopting. Photos of their turtle/tortoise habitats and accommodations should be provided. Photos of turtles to be placed should also be provided.
Seminar 2015 The 30th NYTTS Annual Seminar was held at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak in Yonkers, New York, on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Featured speakers included Britney Murphy, Danielle Taylor-Lang, and Nichole Shelmidine (WCS/Prospect Park Zoo); Theodora Pinou (Western Connecticut State University); and Ben Atkinson (Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida). See photos from this meeting and review speakers and presentations.
Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day 2015 NYTTS Displays Turtles for sixth year, Saturday, May 4. 2015. See slides of this event and previous years.
Compassionate Release of Hatchling Turtles The NYTTS Rehabilitation Program, directed by Lorri Cramer, continues its collaboration with local Buddhist leaders. See the special release ceremony on October 11, 2014.
Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day 2014 NYTTS Displays Turtles for fifth year, Saturday, May 4. 2014. See slides of this event and previous years.
Seminar 2014 The 29th NYTTS Annual Seminar, was held in the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, New York City, on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Featured speakers included Bronx Zoo Curator of Herpetology Don Boyer, Smithsonian Instutute paleontologist Tyler Lyson, Chelonian Research Institute director Peter C.H. Pritchard, and Chief Bronx Zoo veterinarian Bonnie Raphael. See photos from this meeting and review speakers and presentations.
Josephine Arnold, a long-time member and familiar face at the Annual Turtle and Tortoise Shows, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 14, 2013. See memorial page.
Alex Ypsilanti, long-time member and NYTTS Board member, passed away after a long and brave battle with cancer on Saturday, April 6, 2013. See memorial page.
NYTTS Joins Buddhist Leaders to encourage humane and environmentally friendly practices The NYTTS Rehabilitation Program is collaborating with local Buddhist leaders to encourage the New Compassionate Release Life Practice and to support humane and environmentally friendly practices toward turtles and other animals. See Environmentally Friendly Buddhist Release Practices by Lorri Cramer, Director, NYTTS Turtle Rehabilitation Program (July 2012).
In Memory of Don Riemer Long-time friend of NYTTS and contributing author to its publications in the 1980s and 90s, Donald N. Riemer, 78, died of cardiac arrest on June 13, 2012. He was a professor at Rutgers University where he conducted research and taught courses related to aquatic plants. See memorial and obituary.
Fish and Turtle Rescue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, March 2012 For a second time NYTTS members particpated in the Fish and Rescue project in Prospect Park. See description and photo slide show.
Seminar 2012 the 27th NYTTS Annual Seminar, was held in the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, New York City, on March 10, 2012. Featured speakers included naturalist-artist David M. Carroll, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Bog Turtle Recovery Program Coordinator Alison Whitlock, and Chelonian Institute Director Peter C.H. Pritchard. See photos from this meeting and review speakers and presentations.
Snapper Found in February (20120 Frank Indiviglio and his 4-year-old nephew Haiden discovered a large snapping turtle in Alpine, New Jersey, in February. See Snapper Active in February.
Bern Tryon, Well-known Bog Turtle Scientist, Dies May 6, 2011 See obituaries.
Urban Wildlife Apprciation Day 2011 On Saturday, April 7, 2011, NYTTS participated for the second year in the New York City Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day, held on the Cloisters Lawn in Fort Tryon Park. See slide show of the event.
Papa Tortuga at NYTTS On February 13, 2011, Fernando, affectionately known as Papa Tortuga (Father Turtle), and his team from the Tecolutla Turtle Preservation Project, presented a documentary and lecture on Fernandos many years of work protecting nests and hatchlings. See more of Papa Tortuga at NYTTS.
Remembering JoAnn Vacchiano Longtime NYTTS member and devoted turtle person JoAnn Vachiano passed away on January 20, 2011. See photo and remembrances.
In Memoriam: John Thorbjarnarson, well-known Wildlife Conservation Society herpetologist, died of malaria in India on February 14, 2010. See A Life in Conservation by Chuck Schaffer.
Fish and Turtle Rescue in Propect Park In November 2009, NYTTS volunteers joined the Natural Resounces Crew in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, in their fish and turtle rescue project while a small portion of the northeast end of Prospect Park Lake was drained by the Parks Department in preparation for reconstruction of the shoreline. See more information and slides of that effort.
The Asian Turtle Crisis: An Update Two videos taken 13 years apart show that little changed in the markets in Guangzhou, China, from 1997 to 2009. Compare the videos.
Clarifying Regulations in New York State for all Native Species: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation now requires a permit to keep any species of reptile and amphibian native to New York State. This includes all twelve species of New York turtles. The mechanism by which owners of New York turtles may acquire permits is being investigated. Read and download an overview of the new regulations.
Membership in the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society is open to all interested persons for an annual fee of $25. Your membership helps support the Societys activities and programs, including Rescue/Rehab and Public Education, as well as meetings and lectures. Go to Membership Registration Form.
Donations to the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society are tax deductible and can be made online with your credit card by clicking the Donate button, or by sending a check payable to NYTTS, to NYTTS Donations, 1214 W. Boston Post Road, Box 267, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.
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Questions? Send your inquiries to the appropriate committee chair:
General Information Turtle husbandry and health care, adoptions, NYTTS activities and general information. If you have a turtle-related question, inquire online here.
Public Education and Information Chair Barbara Daddario
Public education programs and outreach events, adoptions
Director of Turtle Rehabilitation and Curriculum Development Lorri Cramer
Wild turtle rehab, injured, and sick turtles
Memberships and Sales Allen Foust
Membership inquiries and member records; turtle food and bumper stickers
Programs, Meetings, and Habitat Construction Matt Hybel
Speaker acquisition, scheduling, and design and construction of habitats