19th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of
Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles - August 10 – August 31, 2021

— A Virtual Experience —

We, the TSA and IUCN TFTSG, invite you to join us this August for the 19th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. The 2021 Symposium, beginning August 10th, will again provide an unmatched virtual opportunity for those in our field to share their research, initiatives, techniques, and accomplishments, while engaging safely and comfortably from our own homes and offices. As always, our dedicated Program Committee is working to bring together a wide variety of presentations from around the world, ranging in topic from captive husbandry to field techniques to conservation. 


World of Pets Expo – CANCELED! Pet Lovers will encounter two days of hands-on experiences, workshops, guest speakers, educational displays, demonstrations, shows, exotic animals, shopping and so much more. Tickets: $12 for Adults, $5 for children (5-12 yrs.). Vaccinated volunteers are needed to help man the MATTS booth.

Reptiles at the York Expo – MATTS may have a table of adorable adoptables at this show. Check the MATTS website as this event gets closer. This event will be held at the York Expo Center (formerly the York
Fairgrounds), 334 Carlisle Ave (Rte. 74) York, PA 17404. Have a question? Call 717-432-5807 or e-mail www.mdreptilefarm.com.

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Other Events of Interest

MATTS Meeting Schedule


Saturday, March 20, 2021 (Open to Public) - 7:00-9:00 pm EDT. Location: Zoom meeting - members will receive a link a few days before the meeting. If you are not a member but wish to attend, please contact matts.inquiries@gmail.com. Scott McDaniel is the Executive Director of Susquehannock Wildlife Society, a non-profit focused on research, conservation, rescue, and education in the Lower Susquehanna River region, often leading or partnering on efforts focused on rare, threatened, and endangered reptiles and amphibians. Scott will give us an update on turtle related projects including his work with Bog turtles at Susquehannock Wildlife.

Saturday, May 1. 2021 - (Open to Public) - 7:00-9:00 pm EDT. Location: Zoom meeting - members will receive a link a few days before the meeting. If you are not a member but wish to attend, please contact matts.inquiries@gmail.com. Greg Geller, an independent researcher, will discuss the three aspects holistically related to hatchling Ouachita Map Turtles. How do predators find nests? What are the temperature regimes during the incubation period and how do they affect developmental timelines and emergence timing? Is there any kind of communication going on between clutch mates via hatchling-produced sounds? Where do they go after nest emergence ... quite a bit of variety here, but all related, in some broad sense, to hatchling emergence ecology, the focus of his last several years of work.


MATTS meetings are open to the public. We look forward to having you attend! All meetings are held on Saturdays at the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks Banneker Museum in Catonsville.

The Banneker Museumis located at 300 Oella Avenue in Catonsville, Maryland. The museum is located on 142 acres of stream valley woodland. The park is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife habitat and the preservation of the natural history of the land. This historic park features panoramic nature trails, archaeological sites and living history areas, which recreate the colonial farm and life of the Banneker family who purchased the land in 1734.

See map for details and directions. Please park in front and use the main entrance.

Members arrive at 6:00pm   -   Meeting begins at 7:00pm   -   Speakers from 7:30pm-8:30pm

Meetings & Events

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