The Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is a medium-sized freshwater turtle documented from 10 of the 14 states within the Midwest. Our species ranking exercise placed the Blanding's Turtle in the highest category of all the 164 taxa, due to the majority of its range occurring within the Midwest and most states listing the species as endangered, threatened, special concern, or a species of greatest conservation need. The 2010 MWPARC annual meeting focused on the biology, conservation, and management of Blanding's Turtles, where the results of the Conservation Assessment Survey (below) were first presented. Also at that meeting, four task teams were formed to address issues related to the conservation of Blanding's Turtles. These task teams are listed in Appendix VIII of the Conservation Assessment Survey, and you are encouraged to check back here as we add additional products from these teams in the future.
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