November 14, 2019 Presentation:

Urban Turtle Project – by Dr. Andy Coleman

Started in 2018, the Urban Turtle Project (UTP) strives to document the aquatic turtle populations that inhabit the urban waterways of Birmingham.  Turtles represent important environmental indicators because they are long-lived species that can reflect the environmental degradation in their habitats.  Because of this, long-term ecological data are necessary to properly monitor turtle populations, and one of the main goals of the UTP is to begin collecting these data.  Alabama enjoys a rich turtle diversity, so one of the other goals of the UTP is to engage the public to increase its awareness of this diversity and the need to protect it.

Dr. Andy Coleman has been studying different turtle species since his Ph.D. work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He is now Assistant Professor of Biology at Talladega College.

Our Meetings: Friends of Shades Creek meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Homewood Library, Room 101 (downstairs) for informational and educational presentations. Meeting time is 7:00 P.M. We do not meet in summer months of June and July. Our December meeting is a holiday party, taking place in a different venue. It has also, become a tradition to have our May meeting at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a walk and special program on the 1st Thursday.

Friends of Shades Creek programs are free and open to the public. We welcome all to attend. The meeting format begins with refreshments, introductions and announcements and then the presentation, which runs  45-60 minutes long, leaving 10-20 minutes for Q & A. The meeting ends at 8:45 P.M.

 

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