Title: Turtle Talk and Tracking
Age level: 6th grade & up
Description: Join Stephanie Sherman and Jennifer Correa-Kruegel as they talk about turtles that can be found along the Appalachian Trail. With the help of her live turtle friends, Steph will cover the biology of these fascinating reptiles. Jen will then discuss how researchers attach transmitters (equipment that transmits signals via electromagnetic waves) to the turtles and then use a receiver to capture the signal to locate the turtle. This use of radio-telemetry to track turtles can help monitor the health, quality, habits, and range of different wildlife species.
Since the age of six, Stephanie Sherman always had a love of nature. From wandering her backyard woods and taking care of her pet red-eared slider, Stephanie grew up to study Conservation and Wildlife Management at Delaware Valley University before continuing on to earn a master’s degree in Environmental Education from Montclair State University. Now the Director of Education at Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Stephanie continues to develop curriculum to inspire the next generation of eco-stewards. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys exploring the vast trails of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Stokes State Forest in New Jersey.
Jennifer Correa-Kruegel has worked as an environmental educator and biologist in state and local parks in NJ for over 20 years. Reptile and amphibian biology is her passion and she recently earned her Master Herpetologist certificate through the Amphibian Foundation. Jennifer has worked with NJ Endangered and Nongame Species programs to track wood turtles in Stokes State Forest, an area that has a section of the AT running through it. She has helped monitor a turtle head start program and as an amphibian crossing volunteer with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. She’s also supported research on red backed salamanders, woodrats, bats, trout, and invasive insects. She curates an Instagram (@bythefallentree) to document explorations of her backyard and beyond.