The Natural History of Wood Turtles in Maine

March 2, 2023

The Center for Wildlife Studies “Wild Maine” Series, in partnership with the Camden Public Library, continues with a presentation on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 PM by conservation biologist and herpetologist Dr. Matthew Chatfield. Dr. Chatfield will discuss the natural history of wood turtles and some of the approaches that he and his colleagues are using to study and conserve this unusual species.

This is a hybrid event and will take place in person in the Picker Room at Camden Public Library as well as on Zoom. To find the Zoom registration link to attend virtually, visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.orgOR, FOR DIGITAL PUBLICATION, here is the Zoom registration link:

The wood turtle is an iconic species of the great North Maine Woods. Wood turtles are also widely known for their intelligence and unusual life history. Although declining throughout most of their range in the eastern U.S., Maine is considered a stronghold for this beautiful and fascinating species. Join us as we explore the biology and conservation of one of the most charismatic creatures of Maine.

Dr. Matthew Chatfield is a Center for Wildlife Studies Instructor and Assistant Professor of Evolution & Eco-Health, UMaine. His work focuses on the population ecology of endangered wood turtle populations and the impacts of introduced pathogens on amphibians. He works with both undergraduate and graduate students as well as a variety of collaborators from state agencies to integrate field-based science and a coordinated conservation and restoration framework to address basic and applied problems in conservation biology. The majority of his recent work takes place in Maine, filling critical knowledge gaps to manage and conserve threatened species.

The mission of the []Center for Wildlife Studies is to provide accessible environmental education worldwide and promote wildlife conservation through science. Learn more about CWS by visiting their website:

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