Mountain Lake Science Saturdays: The Western Pond Turtle, Your Shy Neighbor
Mountain Lake Science Saturdays is a lively new series of talks by scientists studying topics relating to Mountain Lake and its ecological restoration. On the first Saturday of every month, gather at the lake to hear researchers from a variety of disciplines talk on topics ranging from Archaeology to Zooplankton. Here’s your chance to ask the experts your questions about the science being done to save this precious San Francisco natural wonder!
On September 7, Jessie Bushell from the San Francisco Zoo will introduce visitors to the shy and fascinating western pond turtle.Come meet a turtle and learn about California’s only native freshwater aquatic turtle, the challenges that they are currently facing in California and throughout the western U.S., and how the Mountain Lake remediation project will help with conserving this special species.
Jessie has been working with reptiles and amphibians for over 18 years. Through her work at the San Francisco Zoo, she is partnering with Sonoma State University and the Oakland Zoo on a long-term study of the western pond turtle to uncover important information about its reproductive physiology and nesting habits. Jessie is also collaborating with the Presidio Trust on the restoration work at Mountain Lake specifically related to the reintroduction of the turtle.