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“Turtle Power”: Local Western Pond Turtle Talk | Presidio

Every 2nd Saturday
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Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Mountain Lake Park | 98 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA


Mountain Lake Science Saturdays | Presidio

Mountain Lake Science Saturdays is a lively series of talks by scientists studying topics relating to the San Francisco natural wonder, Mountain Lake, and its ecological restoration.

On the second Saturday from May to October, 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 lake.

How to get there: Enter the Presidio on Park Presidio heading north and go just past Mountain Lake. 

August 9th – Turtle Power: Reintroducing the Western Pond Turtle to Mountain Lake: Nick Geist, Prof. of Biology, Sonoma State University

Come out to Mountain Lake to learn about the local reintroduction of the Pacific coast’s only native freshwater turtle. The Western pond turtle is a threatened species with very little natural habitat remaining, due to development and the growing dominance of non-native turtles. You’ll hear about the benefits of reintroducing this species from Sonoma State Professor Nick Geist, a local Western pond turtle expert, who collected and cared for the pioneer population of turtles planned for release very soon into Mountain Lake.

Nick Geist is a Professor of Biology at Sonoma State University. His research focuses on the evolution of reproductive behavior of reptiles, and current research includes the reproductive biology and conservation of the western pond turtle. He is a collaborator on the North Bay Western Pond Turtle Project with the Presidio Trust and the conservation departments of the San Francisco and Oakland Zoos.

Please note, this event is from 2-3 pm, not 1-2 pm as was initially published.


Event Details


Cost: FREE
Categories: Lectures & Workshops, San Francisco
Address: 98 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA

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