Turtle Tracks and Snake Tracks Field Updates for 11-10-2013

16 Nov

This is an update on the Turtle Tracks wildlife conservation and education project being conducted by Earthshine Nature Programs.

Today I discovered Catherine only about 30-40 feet northwest from her usual over-wintering location.  Since I released her after her new transmitter was attached she has moved around 300 feet to the southeast and appears to be getting ready for her long winters nap.  Just three feet to the south of Catherine I discovered another box turtle basking in the warm sun just outside of his form.  This was a male turtle I had previously marked in 2007.  Because of his marking sequence I call him “Abi” and I have found Abi several times before–several years ago I even found him mating with Catherine.  It would be nice to one day attach a transmitter to Abi and see just how often he and Catherine cross paths.   Take a look at Catherine and Abi in today’s video below.

If the video does not play try following this link:


to watch the video on Youtube.

This is an update on the Snake Tracks wildlife conservation, research and education project being conducted by Earthshine Nature Programs.

Today both snakes were underground and not visible.  Utsanati is in the exact location that he used for overwintering over the last two years.  Zoe is a different story.  She remains on the southeast side of the ridge not very far from the small clearing above the waterfall where she spent the summer and fall.  She is only about 170 feet west of that location and she is in a small, sheltered valley,  underground, beneath the roots of a Mountain Laurel shrub.  I believe she has chosen to over winter in this location.  My question is why?  Is this a site she uses periodically for a reason or did she just get caught off guard by cool weather and decide to shelter here out of necessity?  Only time may tell.

View a rather dark video (because it was night) of today’s locate.

If the video does not play try following this link:


to watch the video on Youtube.

The Turtle Tracks and Snake Tracks projects are reptile conservation, research and education projects occurring near Earthshine Discovery Center in the mountains of western North Carolina, USA. Through the magic of modern technology and allot of hard volunteer work by a wildlife conservationist and his small crew of passionate volunteers, glimpse into the lives of two wild Eastern box turtles and two wild Timber rattlesnakes in their natural habitats. For more detailed info on the project please take a look at our website: http://www.earthshinenature.com

Follow us on our blog at: www.earthshinenature.wordpress.com

It is our goal at ENP to promote the conservation of our misunderstood wildlife and science education through our unique, exciting, citizen science based, hands-on education, out-reach programs, and online with our nature videos, blog and website.

I am not paid nor do I pay myself to operate ENP or to conduct these wildlife conservation activities.  ENP is a 100% volunteer operated and donation funded organization. It is our mission to educate you about these beautiful and greatly misunderstood animals and hopefully, to impart to you their beauty, uniqueness and intrinsic value to a healthy Earth, healthy wildlife and healthy humans.

If you would like to help support our mission and programs please feel free to donate using this link: http://www.earthshinenature.com/donate. Receipts available upon request. You may also donate supplies such as animal foods, medical supplies, reptile vitamins and habitat supplies. If you are interested in donating any of these items please contact us for more information on our current needs.

THANK YOU Earthshine Discovery Center and all of you who have helped to make Earthshine Nature Programs happen! Without all of you, our wildlife conservation and education mission would not be possible.

Visit the Earthshine Discovery Center to learn how you and your family, school, scout, church, corporate or camp group, can visit us and have a wonderful, fun, and educational retreat!

Music by The Steep Canyon Rangers used with written permission.



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