Second Annual Long Island Natural History Conference



Home Ranges of Eastern Box Turtles at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Jennifer Higbie 

ABSTRACT:  Eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) are listed as species of special concern in New York State.  Loss of habitat and declining populations across their distribution range raised the need to further understand the natural history and home range of the species on Long Island.  In 2011, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) began radio tracking 6 turtles.  An additional 20 turtles were added to the study in 2012 to investigate potential responses to the recently constructed solar farm.  Using ArcGIS, home ranges were calculated and compared.  We looked at variables such as gender, age, vegetation, and disturbance.  Turtles will continue to be tracked for the next several years.

Jennifer Higbie has worked on the Natural Resources staff at BNL for 10 years.  She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in Environmental Conservation.