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Natalie Gutierrez with a wood turtle

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Externship Experience
May-August 2020
Zoo New England (ZNE)’s Grassroots Wildlife Conservation: Examining the Impact of Conservation Interventions for Blanding’s Turtles in Massachusetts
Natalie Gutierrez

This summer, I was fortunate enough to work with Dr. Bryan Windmiller and his staff at Zoo New England’s Grassroots Wildlife Conservation (GWC). At the beginning of the externship I remotely assisted with a data analysis project involving age analysis for GWC’s captured and documented Blanding’s turtles in Massachusetts. The MAPP program helped me understand the work that goes into protecting different species through implemented policies.
Once I was permitted to participate in field work, I aided in tracking, pit tagging, and trapping turtles at various sites in MA. I learned how to track turtles by using radio telemetry, which was challenging but rewarding, how to set up and dismantle turtle traps, and how to process turtles for data collection. Overall, my externship with GWC and skills learned from the MAPP program have been an educationally fulfilling experience that have given me many tools to utilize towards my future career.

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Natalie Gutierrez with a wood turtle

Natalie Gutierrez with a wood turtle

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