MEET THE ALLISON WOODS TURTLE DOGS!
SNAPPER WATCHER SCAMPER POSSUM KIZZIE LAZARUS
Turtle Dogs you ask...what are Turtle Dogs? A "one-of-a-kind" nationally recognized program seen on Animal Planet 101 that uses dogs to aid in research, field studies and educational programs on turtles.
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The Turtle Dog Saga
Fourteen years ago John Rucker, a retired biology teacher, was in the forest with his dogs and they noticed that John was picking up box turtles. Evidently the dogs took heed ...and his dog Buster brought him a turtle. John praised the dog and returned the turtle into the woods, but the dog soon returned with another and another. In John's words, "another dog wired up a little differently rewrote the history of turtle research in America." Before the Turtle Dogs, researchers found it nearly impossible to obtain a solid read on turtle population numbers - particularly in the forest. Boykins are ideal turtle hunters. They are eager to please and soft mouthed, and their noses can pick up minute traces of scent that the turtles leave behind as they move. On a typical day they may find as many as 25 turtles. By contrast, students with some projects may do well to only locate 20 all summer.
Last year John brought his dogs to Allison Woods to conduct a program in conjunction with UNC Greensboro HERPS Project. The dogs sniffed out the turtles, brought them to John as researchers weighed, marked and logged data on each turtle located and then they were released back to the spot where they were found.
During his visit here, John (and the dogs) fell in love with the many untouched areas and felt they were ideal for box turtles educational research. After several months of discussion, it was decided that John would continue with research and study across the United States with part of his "A" and "B" team dogs and that the Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center would pick up the educational aspect along with some of the research studies with the remaining "A" and "B" team dogs and the puppies whose team is yet to be determined. However, we already have our suspicions what they will be!
Needless to say.....we were thrilled! So now we have a new generation in John's line of Turtle Dogs: Possum, Kizzie, Lazarus and Scamper. Veteran dogs Snapper and Watcher help us to train the puppies and are available with their trainers for educational and research projects.
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