Western Pond Turtle Workshop 2013

Western Pond Turtle Workshop 2013 program image

On June 27, 2013 Drs. David Germano and Galen Rathbun will present a comprehensive training on the biology and conservation of the western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata).


Thursday, June 27, 2013
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Lunch will be provided

COST: $285.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)


Instructor Information

Dr. David Germano
Professor of Biology
California State University Bakersfield

Dr. Galen Rathbun
Research Associate
California Academy of Sciences


Virginia Guhin
(831) 274-8700



See also: Western Pond Turtle, Habitat Restoration




On June 27, 2013 Drs. David Germano and Galen Rathbun will present a comprehensive training on the biology and conservation of the western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata). The instructors have published reports and papers on the ecology and life history of this species, and their lecture summarizes the knowledge base on the ecology and conservation of the species. 


Intended Audience

Biological consultants, land managers, researchers, and regulatory agency personnel.


Workshop Objectives

  • Understanding of the biology of Western Pond turtles
  • Understanding of habitat management for this species
  • Understanding of how to apply information in large scale and local conservation planning efforts


Topics Discussed

  • Aquatic and terrestrial habitats and their management
  • Individual movement patterns
  • Population and community ecology
  • Survey methods


Workshop Format

The training consists of classroom lecture and lab with hands-on opportunities with the species. Because our training site does not have easy access to natural populations in the field, this training does not have a field-based training component.



The fee for this 1 day workshop is $285; the fee includes refreshments, lunch, and materials.  You may pay now by credit card (via our web site upon registration) or send a check payable to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation mailed to:

Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

ATTN: Virginia Guhin

1700 Elkhorn Road

Watsonville, CA, 95076


Please note the name of the workshop on your check. We accept only self-registration: no third party registration.


Deadline for receipt of payment is 5 p.m. June 3, 2013; your reservation may be forfeit after this date if we have not received payment.  We cannot refund registration fees if you cancel your registration after 5 p.m.  June 3.  We will refund cancellations prior to this date minus a $50 processing fee.  You cannot 'trade' registration with another individual, even in the same organization.  You will receive an email confirmation of payment, which finalizes the registration process.  We reserve the right to cancel this workshop due to insufficient registration prior to June 6, 2013 - in this case, a full refund will be remitted. 


Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

Selected literature citations on Pacific (western) pond turtles
PDF, 112KB
Galen Rathbun and David Germano
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
August 2008
Western Pond Turtle Workshop - Bibliography
PDF, 119KB
Galen Rathbun and David Germano
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
June 1, 2013
Western Pond Turtle Workshop 2013 - Contact Sheet
PDF, 307KB
Virginia Guhin

June 1, 2013
Western Pond Turtle Workshop Presentation
PDF, 2.9MB
Galen Rathbun and David Germano
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
Feeding Ecology of the Turtle, Clemmys marmorata
PDF, 252KB
Bury, Bruce
Journal of Herpetology 20(4):515-521
Dec., 1986
Occurence of a colonial protozoan on the western pond turtle, Clemmys marmorata
PDF, 1.5MB
David J. Germano
Herpetological Natural History 7(1):67-71
Population structure and growth of the turtle (Actinemys marorata) from the Klamoth-Siskiyou eco-region: Age not size matters
PDF, 1.1MB
Bruce Bury, David Germano, Gwendolyn Bury
Copeia 3:443-451
Range-wide molecular analysis of the western pond turtle ( Emys marmorata ): cryptic variation, isolation by distance, and their conservation implications
PDF, 479KB
Phillip Q. Spinks and H. Bradley Shaffer
Molecular Ecology 14:2047-2064
Terrestrial habitat use by pacific pond turtles in a Mediterranean climate
PDF, 3.6MB
Galen Rathbun, Norm Scott Jr., and Thomas G. Murphey
The Southwestern Naturalist 47(2):225-235
June 2002
Terrestrial Movement Patterns of Western Pond Turtles in Central California
PDF, 4.2MB
David Pilliod, Justin Welty and Robert Stafford
Herpetological Conservation and Biology 8(1):207-221
April 30, 2013
Habits and Home Range of the Pacific Pond Turtle, Clemmys marmorata, in a Stream Community
PDF, 11.3MB
Richard Bruce Bury
Bury, B., University of California, Berkeley; 1972. Committee: Stebbins, R., Wake, D., Erman, D.
Western Pond Turtle - Winter Habitat Use and Behavior
PDF, 5.4MB
Caroline J. Davis
San Jose State University
August 1998


IUCN Reintroduction Guidelines

Questions and Answers

Submit a question on this subject and we'll provide an answer. info@elkhornsloughctp.org