The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Department of Biology and Environmental Science will be conducting an annual box turtle survey on Friday at Enterprise South Nature Park.
The survey will be conducted at 8 a.m. at one of the UTC Biological Field Stations adjacent to Hamilton County's Nature Park at the Enterprise South Industrial Complex.
The population of box turtles has been declining in the United States for several years and they are protected as a native species in Tennessee. The UTC Biology Department is the only entity doing research on box turtles in Southeast Tennessee, and only one of three entities working with this species in the state.
The department will track the turtles with Radio Telemetry equipment and a Wildlife Detection Dog Team.
Representatives from the UTC Wildlife-Zoology Club, Chattanooga Nature Center, Chattanooga Zoo, Cleveland State Community College's Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society are likely to attend.
For more information: Mark Dillard, UTC graduate student, 423 280-1268; Dr. Thomas Wilson, associate professor of Biology, 423 645-7184.
Directions to the site: Once at Enterprise South, proceed to the Nature Park Entrance. Follow the "Still Hollow Loop" to Gate 3 to the entrance to the UTC Property.