General Monthly Meeting: Dinos in Downtown: Alligator Snapping Turtles

Every 2nd Thursday of the month

St. Stephen's Pecore Hall

1805 W. Alabama (entrance & parking at Sul Ross & Woodhead) · Houston, TX

How to find us

Meeting is in Pecore Hall, which faces the parking lot at Sul Ross & Woodhead. Before 7:00 PM, left turns are not allowed at Woodhead. If you are going west on W. Alabama, turn right at Dunlavy, then left to Marshall, then left to Woodhead.

Location image of event venue


The doors open at 7:00 PM, and the program starts at 7:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.

"Dinos" in Downtown: Two Studies of Alligator Snapping Turtles in Houston.
Speakers: Eric Munscher and Kelly Norrid
Photo courtesy of Eric Munscher

Millions of Houstonians cross Buffalo and Greens Bayous every day. Little do they know that living in the murky water is the largest freshwater turtle in North America. The bayou systems of Houston are home to the alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) a species of turtle known as the dinosaurs of the turtle world. Come hear about two studies currently being done in Buffalo and Greens Bayou to learn more about the habitat needs of these special turtles.

ERIC C. MUNSCHER is currently a Regional Scientist with SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) and is based in Houston, Texas. He obtained his B.Sc. from Penn State University and an M.Sc. from the University of North Florida in 2007. Eric is also the Director of the Turtle Survival Alliance - North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG). Eric has been studying freshwater turtle populations across the United States including study sites in in Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey for over 20 years. Eric and his research group have published over 30 peer reviewed articles concerning their various research projects. Eric is also a Florida certified Gopher Tortoise agent. He has extensive experience in wetland delineation and threatened and endangered species surveys throughout the southeast.

Kelly Norrid is an Urban Wildlife Biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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