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The objective of the Urban Biotic Assessment Program (UBAP) is to provide the Illinois Tollway with the ecological expertise needed to effectively and efficiently comply with state and federal environmental regulations, while also preserving habitats and species native to the Chicago Metropolitan Area.

Emydoidea blandingii – Blanding’s Turtle

INHS began its partnership with the Tollway in 2005, monitoring the endangered Blanding’s Turtle populations affected by the construction of the I355 extension.

This partnership has expanded and enables UBAP researchers to study the habitats and species of the Chicagoland area, and the challenges they face. Learn more about our research.

Download our report of activities from 2015-2020

 

20 hours ago

INHS PACE Lab
Blanding's Turtles are a state endangered species in Illinois. The INHS PaCE Lab has been involved in long-term research and conservation across their Illinois range. Current M.Sc. student Rose Arnold is constructing a detection probability model for Blanding’s turtle’s (Emydoidea blandingii) in Illinois using temporal, effort, habitat, weather, and environmental variables. The model will allow surveyors to calculate how much effort is necessary to determine if Blanding's Turtles are truly absent at a site. She is also looking at the population demographics of the different Blanding’s turtle sites across the state. This important work will enable land managers to identify occupied sites efficiently, facilitating targeted conservation actions for Blanding's Turtle populations in Illinois.Learn more about our Blanding's projects pace.inhs.illinois.edu/amphibian-and-reptile-conservation-arc/blandings-turtle/Enjoy these photos she shared of Blanding's Turtles!#blandingsturtle #conservation #endangeredspecies #fieldwork ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

INHS PACE Lab
We couldn't continue turtle week without everyone's favorite Turtle Dogs. Every spring, John. Rucker makes a trip to Illinois, where his turtle-catching Boykin Spaniels work tirelessly to find Ornate and Eastern Box Turtles. Over the last few weeks, PaCE Lab Director Michael Dreslik has been logistically supporting and traveling with Mr. Rucker and his hard working dogs. Specifically, the project the PaCE Lab is working on is a broader status assessment of several Ornate Box Turtle Illinois populations, co-investigated with our collaborators at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. The work is funded as an objective in a broader State Wildlife Grant funded through the @Illinois Department of Natural Resources (a primary partner) with additional partners, including the Forest Preserve District of Will County , Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, the The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Vet Med’s Wildlife Epidemiology Lab. The work started in mid-April and covered ~14 sites across a swath of the southern 2/3rds of Illinois! While the final tally is still out, it is clear some populations desperately need conservation intervention (four or fewer individuals were detected), yet some had as many as 44 turtles detected. The work will continue for at least two more years. Dr. Dreslik traveled with the turtle dog crew through some of Illinois’ nicest sand prairies. Here are some of the exciting things he saw.#turtle #worldturtleday #turtledogs #boykinspanielsociety #conservation ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

INHS PACE Lab
Here are some pictures shared by the Forest Preserve District of Will County who accompanied INHS PaCELab graduate student Rose Arnold and field tech Joey Cannizzaro in the field on this #worldturtleday! ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

INHS PACE Lab
Today is #WorldTurtleDay but we here in the PACELab believe that turtles should be celebrated or shellabrated (Thanks, U.S. Forest Service - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie) much longer. We’ll start you out today with photos of a few of the turtle species we are researching and then dive deeper into each of the projects over the next many days.Can't wait til tomorrow? Check out our website:pace.inhs.illinois.edu/amphibian-and-reptile-conservation-arc/#SpottedTurtle #blandingsturtle #Turtle #boxturtles #snappingturtle #redearedslider #westernpondturtle #alligatorsnappingturtle ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

INHS PACE Lab
There's been a lot of commotion about the double emergence of periodical cicadas in Illinois this year. We saw some Brood XIX cicadas emerging in Piatt County last week.We put together a little bit of information for you. publish.illinois.edu/inhseducation/periodical-cicadas-whats-all-the-commotion/ ... See MoreSee Less
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