Catherine was found on mothers day 2008 by Sparkie the turtle hunting dog. Sparkie and his friends came to Earthshine with John Rucker to find turtles before the mowing crews came in to mow the fields. The weather turned very bad so the turtles were not moving but Sparkie used his amazing nose to find only one--Catherine. Since she was found on mothers day I am naming her Catherine in honor of my mother.
Sparkie with Catherine
Catherine's adopted "guardians" are Catherine O'Neil and the Hagler family.
Catherine's stats are as follows:
Found on 5-11-08
Location: Earthshine Study site Southeast
Weight: 470g (480 with TX)
Maximum Carapace Length: 130mm
Total Plastron Length: 123mm
Age: 20+ years old but probably 60+ due to the wear on her shell.
Habitat where Catherine was found: Turtle Sanctuary, grassy edge of regenerating forest.
ID marked marginals: ABM.
On May 12 Catherine was fitted with a Telenax radio transmitter. The radio transmitter was painted in the same colors and patterns as her shell. The goal was to camouflage the transmitter so that it matches the shell and does not attract interested creatures that might want to bother this old turtle.
On May 14 Catherine was released near the point of capture (see the map below). I will track her movements up to 3 times per week in order to attempt to determine her home range and habitat use.
Catherine's adopted "guardians" are Catherine O'Neil and Billy and Gail Hagler and whose generous donations have made this study possible.
To view Catherine's 2009 tracking map with her past movements and current location in a new window just click HERE
To view Catherine's 2008 tracking map in a new window just click HERE
To view a ZOOM view of Catherine's tracking map in a new window just clickHERE
NOTE: Distances and locations on the map are approximate. Exact location information will not be posted on this site due to possible poaching/trespass issues.
Observational data, movies and photos collected each time Catherine is located will be posted through the link below.
Catherine's Tracks Tracking Logs
Click the photo link below to go to the CATHERINE'S TRACKS track logs. Each tracking day has its own page for easier viewing. On each page you will find the detail data of each tracking day, photos and a short video of Catherine position at the time of location. Logs begin with the most recent and progress to the oldest as you click through the links at the bottom of each days page.
Click the photo below to go to the latest Track Log.
To view the index of Catherine's previous track logs just click HERE
Please return often because as this study unfolds, I will update this page with more data, photos and movies documenting the journeys of Catherine the Eastern Box Turtle.
Please contact us if you have a box turtle local to the WNC area that is injured, sick, displaced or is in need of a little R & R or if you are interested in becoming a part of The Earthshine Turtle Tracks program .