Next NYTTS Event Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak
35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, New York
See Show Rules and information.
a 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.
The video features many who NYTTS members may know, among them Darrel Frost and Chris Raxworthy (former and current Curators of the Department of Herpetology), James Gibbs, Professor of Vertebrate Conservation Biology, SUNYSyracuse (and speaker at the 2003 NYTTS Annual Seminar), Eleanor Sterling (Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the Museum), and Linda Cayot (author of Rearing and Repatriation of Galápagos Tortoises from at the 1993 Purchase Conference and Proceedings: Conservation, Restoration, and Management of Tortoises and Turtles An International Conference, published by NYTTS in 1997.
NYTTS Turtle Rehabber Lorri Cramer in The New York Times
Lorri Cramers Upper West Side apartment has the feel of an aquarium, with turtles in glass tanks cluttering the living room, surrounding the upright piano and edging up to the furniture.
Read the full story
A Caretaker of Turtles
by Corey Kilgannon,
Dec. 11, 2015
Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/ The New York Times
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.
That Reptile Blog by Frank Indiviglio
Frank with giant mata-mata
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.
Read some of Franks turtle-related posts:
The Common Musk Turtle or Stinkpot My Choice for Perfect Pet Turtle
Musk and Mud Turtles Introducing Five Interesting Species
The Best Small Turtle Pets for Reptile Enthusiasts with Limited Space
See an Index of Franks Blog articles.
Commercial Foods: Benefits/Uses, Staples/Supplements from theTurtleRoom.
The Plight of Frogs and the Impact of the Frog Leg Trade
In the USA alone 1.1 billion frogs and in the European Union 2.3 billion frogs are imported for the frog leg trade every year. How long can this level of exploitation be sustained? Read Franks shocking article: Frog Leg Trade Kills Billions of Frogs Annually and Threatens Species Survival.
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. T-shirts coming soon!
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.
Turtle Care Video from the Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society
NYTTS Red-eared Slider Adoption Policy
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.
For more information on the status of red-eared sliders, see Sliders, Siders, Everywhere.
Past NYTTS Events and Member News
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.
41st Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show, May 21, 2015 See winners and photos.
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.
40th Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show, May 21, 2014 See winners and photos.
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.
Seminar 2013 the 28th NYTTS Annual Seminar, was held in the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, New York City, on March 9, 2013. Featured speakers included Professor Russell Burke, sea turtle author Jack Rudloe, and Chelonian Institute Director Peter C.H. Pritchard. See photos from this meeting and review speakers and presentations.
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.
38th Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show, June 2, 2012 See Winners List.
Turtles of Central Park Urban Safari Walk, May 12, 2012 See slide show and video of the walk.
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.
NYTTS Member Matt Hybel Hatches 47 Asian Brown Tortoises! August 2011 See story and photos.
Remembering Stephanie Thompson ~ July 26, 2011 Read Stephanie Thompson An Appreciation by Michael Sherwin, a longtime friend and early NYTTS member, as well as a slide show of snapshots.
37th Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show, June 4, 2011 See Winners List.
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.
Seminar 2011 the 26th NYTTS Annual Seminar, was held in the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, New York City. Review speakers and presentations.
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.
36th Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show, June 12, 2010 See Winners List and Photos.
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.
Florida Turtle Tour: Topic of November 1st (2009) meeting: NYTTS members who participated in turtle biologist George Heinrichs Florida Turtles Natural History Tour the previous summer shared their experience with slides and stories. See more information and a slide show of the 2009 summer tour.
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.
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- 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
- Conservation, Trade Issues, and Media
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