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NYTTS Annual Show
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Village Community School, Greenwich Village, Manhattan


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Annual NYTTS Seminar
Held Saturday, May 17, 2014
The Arsenal, Central Park, 5th Avenue at 64th Street, Manhattan


See Seminar Summary.



Photo by Frank Indiviglio

Frank Indiviglio Presentation

Sunday, February 9, 2014, the Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, New York City

Veteran Zoo Keeper Frank Indiviglio gave a talk on “Large, Rare, and Unusual Species of Turtles in Captivity,” relating many of his experiences as a keeper at the Bronx Zoo and the Staten Island Zoo.

Frank’s frequent charge is his six-year-old nephew, Haiden, who frequently accompanies him on field trips. Haiden is well on his way to becoming a herpetologist.

Frank is the author of That Reptile Blog, which contains numerous articles on turtles and other herps. See more about Frank’s blog.


Photos by Allen Salzberg



Veterinarian Paul Raiti Presentation

Held Sunday, January 26, The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, NYC

     A devoted group turtle people braved the cold weather to hear Dr. Paul Raiti (below left) speak on health problems of captive chelonians

     Barbara Daddario (below right with Dr. Larry Smith) brought her breeding pair of Central American wood turtles and their one-year-old offspring. The male had undergone knee abscess surgery by Dr. Raiti, and the turtle’s successful recovery enabled it to mate and sire the lively yearling.


Photos by Anita Salzberg



“Road Trips for Turtles 2013”
Pete Warny, Naturalist At Large


Held Sunday, November 17, The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, NYC

“On the Road Again” with Pete Warny through swamps, bayous and other wetlands in a never-ending quest seeking turtles and “turtle maniacs.” Plenty of both will be depicted and discussed, along with digging fossil turtle shells millions of years old, salvaging roadkills and netting in “turtle rescue ponds.” This 2013 travel log includes eco-adventures across the South from Appalachia to the Gulf of Mexico as well as both rural and urban landscapes from Lake Waccamaw, to Nashville to Tampa Bay and beyond!

Pete is no stranger to NYTTS members, having spoken at previous meetings and co-directed (with Jay Westerveld) two Turtle Safaris in Central Park.



Plus, sharing the meeting with Pete, a Special Guest—

“Amphibian Conservation in the 21st Century”
Dr. Kerry Kriger, Founder SAVE THE FROGS!


Why are frogs disappearing worldwide and what can be done to save them? Dr. Kerry Kriger answers these questions and more in a pre­sen­tation that features many of Dr. Kriger’s photos of amphibians from around the world.

Dr. Kriger is the Founder and Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com), America’s first and only public charity dedicated to protecting amphibians. He conceived and coor­dinates Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. He has given presentations on amphibian conservation worldwide.


“Country Turtle, City Turtle: New York’s Chelonian Crisis”
Jay Westerveld, New York Natural History Council


Held Sunday, October 13, The Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, NYC

New York Natural History Council founder Jay Westerveld explores the many pressures on New York’s turtle populations: From Habitat Loss, pet-trade collection and agency apathy in the Hudson Valley to Chinatown food-market poaching in The Big Apple.

Jay Westerveld has been performing ecological research for over 40 years. His Bog Turtle research won him the Anne Botshon Protection Award as well an award of recognition from the New York State Assembly in 2007. He is credited with describing six new Bog Turtle populations in New York State. In 2008 he was named as Orange County, New York’s “Who’s who in Conservation” by Orange magazine.



NYTTS Meetings in Central Park

Meetings are held in the third-floor Gallery in the Arsenal building in Central Park. The Arsenal is located on 5th Avenue at 64th Street in front of the Central Park Zoo (see directions). Upon approaching the front of the building from 5th Avenue (pictured), turn left and use the south entrance of the building. Take the elevator to the third-floor Gallery.

Right: Typical NYTTS meeting in the Arsenal Gallery. Photo by Anita Salzberg



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