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Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys Picta Bellii)

Acknowledgements and Authorities Contacted

I would like to thank all the people who offered Western Painted Turtle records to museums or agencies over the years; particularly significant contributions were made by Mike Oldham, J. Bakowski, and Jeff Robinson in Ontario, Mike Sarrell in B.C., and Dana Shock in Saskatchewan.  I also appreciated the support of all government employees, especially those who were contacted repeatedly: Mike Oldham (Ontario’s NHIC), James Duncan (Manitoba CDC), Jeanette Pepper (Saskatchewan CDC), Richard Quinlan (Alberta Species at Risk Program), Marta Donovan (B.C. CDC), Laura Friis (B.C.’s central MWLAP), and Ross Clarke (B.C. Hydro’s CBFWCP).  Special thanks are extended to the museum curators and private consultants for their cooperation as well.  Funding provided by the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada.

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Personal Communications

Peter Achuff. Species Assessment Biologist. Ecological Integrity Branch. Parks Canada, National Office. E-mail correspondence to Ron Brooks on Aug. 5th, 2005.

Jeffery Brown. MSc student University of Guelph, Rattlesnake Research biologist Okanagan British Columbia. Email correspondence to Ron Brooks. Nov 1, 2005.

Ray Buchner. Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service. Email correspondence Sept. 2, 2005.

Ross Clark. Project biologist, Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, B.C. Hydro, Nelson, B.C.  E-mail correspondence on Sept 29th, 2004.

Justin Congdon. Senior Scientist at Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. South Carolina, U.S.A.  E-mail correspondence to Ron Brooks, May 2005.

Francis Cook.  Emeritus Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, Canadian National Museum of Nature, Ottawa. Email correspondence to Ron Brooks. Nov 2, 2005.

Shane de Solla.  Wildlife  Conservation Biologist, Canadian Wildlife Service, Canada Centre for Inland Waters. Burlington, Ontario. Email correspondence to Ron Brooks, 2005-6.

Andrew Didiuk.  Biologist. Prairie and Northern Region. Canadian Wildlife Service. Email correspondence Jan 6, 2006.

James Duncan.  Zoologist. Manitoba Conservation Data Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba. E-mail correspondence on June 17, 2004.

Laura Friis. Species at Risk Biologist, British Columbia. Email correspondence to Ron Brooks on Oct. 31, 2005.

Elsa Gagnon. Biologist. Species at Risk Branch, Canadian Wildlife Service. E‑mail correspondence to Ron Brooks on Sept., 2005, Jan. 31, 2006.

Pat Gregory. Professor, University of Victoria, Department of Biology, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. E-mail correspondence, to Ron Brooks, October 30, 2005.

Kathy Griffin. Turtle biologist. Wildlife Biology Program, University of Montana, Missoula, MT. E-mail correspondence on Sept. 7th, 2005.

John Krebs. Senior biologist, BC Hydro’s Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Compensation Project. Phone conversation on September 12, 2005.

Marlene Machmer. Biologist, Pandion Ecological Research Ltd. E-mail correspondence on Oct. 8th and 28th, 2004.

Mike Oldham. Botanist/Herpetologist. Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre, Peterborough, Ontario. E-mail correspondence on June 18, 2004.

Jeanette Pepper. Biologist, Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre, Regina, SK.

Richard Quinlan. Wildlife Biologist. Biodiversity at Risk Program, Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division. E-mail correspondence on June 11, 2004.

Mike Sarell. PRBio, Ophiuchus Consulting, RR#2, Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0. E-mail correspondence to Ron Brooks on October 31, 2005.

Vanderschuit, W. 2005. E-mail correspondence to R.J. Brooks. August 2005.