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The 2014 Gopher Tortoise Health and Waif Working Group meeting will be held on Thursday, October 16 from 2:00 - 5:30 p.m. at the Merry Acres Inn (1500 Dawson Rd, Albany, GA, 31707). The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Gopher Tortoise Council Meeting. There is no cost to participate in Health/Waif Working group meeting other than any travel/lodging costs you may incur. The meeting agenda can be accessed here.
Meeting objectives are as follows and focus primarily on waif tortoises and include health topics:
Other priorities that the group is working to address include:
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Establish a Morbidity/Mortality Database to which people report gopher tortoise observations.
*Purpose will be to track trends and map occurrence to keep biologists/ land managers aware (important with employee turn-over and loss of institutional memory)
Develop a response plan for tortoise mortality
Identify facilities/ researchers willing to perform necropsies and diagnostics.
Develop/ distribute consistent protocols for sample collection
Education about pathogens
Help develop plans for tortoise relocation
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