Western pond turtle habitat improvement project update

Last spring the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden team led by Andrew Fulks, Director of UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and Campus Naturalized Lands, collaborated with multiple partners to not only improve the Arboretum waterway, but provide a stable environment for campus researchers to study native western pond turtles.

Photo of western pond turtle habitat restoration area on the west end of the UC Davis Arboretum waterway.

PHOTO CAPTION: Volunteers from UC Davis student group Wild Campus planted tules along the waterway last spring. In the after photo you see the tules thrived and multiplied through the summer and as winter approaches are gradually going dormant.

Thanks to David Phillips and Michael Fan from the UC Davis Utilities department, this channel was regraded to create an area of unimpeded water flow with the added benefit of facilitating ongoing turtle study, researchers from UC Davis Wildlife and Fisheries Biology identified a habitat solution, the California Department of Fish and Game allowed our team to collect tules in one of their wildlife areas and volunteers from UC Davis student group Wild Campus assisted in collection of the tules from the Yolo County Water Basin as well as installation of the plants along the UC Davis Arboretum waterway. Erosion-control fabric and native seed will be installed on the banks adjacent to the tule planting this fall.

To read more about the history of this project and find out how our teams were able to accomplish this task click here.

Check out a slideshow of the tule harvest and transplantation here.

1 Comment

  1. shlomo July 31, 2013 Reply

    I came in contact with a western pond turtle and need to release it. Some people told me to take it to Uc Davis and I would like to release the turtle at Uc Davis need info on how to do it.

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