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Next NYTTS Meeting

Saturday, April 3, 2:00 p.m.
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
West 86th Streeet and West End Avenue in Manhattan

“Wood and Box Turtle Study in the Patterson Great Swamp”
      by Michael Musnick and John Foley

Long-time NYTTS member and citizen scientist Michael Musnick has spent the last 14 years studying wood and box turtles, and this is his 11th season follow­ing them with radio tracking equipment. His main interest has been to determine where they hibernate, estivate and nest. He has monitored their yearly survival, nesting site fidelity, repro­ductive fitness of females, with special focus on juveniles as indicators of recruit­ment. He has examined reasons for mor­tality and has made efforts to stem that loss.

Co-presenting this talk will be John Foley, also a member of NYTTS, who has worked closely with Michael in this study for the last 7 years and has shared responsibility for collecting the data on wood, box, and bog turtles. John is currently head naturalist at ______, an 800 acre preserve and has worked with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

NYTTS has found a new meeting place. The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew is an open and affirm­ing congregation that hosts a number of social service and performing arts programs. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhatten, it is just steps from the 86th Street subway station on the No. 1 train (Broadway line). See the Google Earth Street View images below:

View from corner of Broadway and West 86th Street looking west.
Note subway station in the right foreground and the church tower beyond.

Farther west on W. 86th Street, approaching side entrance
(behind tree) to the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew