Turtle Nerds: The Next Generation

Meeting by webcam, Jack, Wyatt, Michael and myself spoke briefly of their planned turtle expeditions across the United States in summer 2021. The interview had not even begun, yet I was quite impressed by their passion and commitment. How did you all meet originally? Jack– “I met Michael in 2017 through social media. After a visit to Peter Pritchard at the Chelonian Research Institute, we …

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 28

A Particular Set of Glamping Skills

Once Anthony overcomes his snarkiness and generalized irritability, he can give Shannon the praise she deserves for her recent turtle related ventures. They then discuss their recent trip to the Catskill Mountains in New York for a little rest and relaxation. Their glamping trip included a stay in a 2020 Airstream camper too small for Anthony to shower or use the bathroom.

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 27

Great Art and Raspberry Vodka

Today is Anthony’s birthday, and he can’t think of any better way to celebrate than providing an episode of Turtley Devoted featuring one of his favorite people in the world – award winning nature artist, Matt Patterson. The conversation is truly a funny and entertaining one, where they discuss travel, relationships, artistic inspiration, and turtles… naturally. If you haven’t seen Matt’s incredible work, visit Stoneridge …

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The Pondcast, Episode 79

Captive Animal Welfare

In this episode, we discuss what it means to be a zookeeper, keeping reptile species that are meaningful to the keeper, and an animal wellness rating system that Ryan uses to audit current setups and identify areas needing improvement.

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 26


We’ve been doing this for a full year already! In this episode, we ask the question, “Is Anthony a horrible father and husband because he made is toddler and pregnant wife brave the elements so he could win a turtle trophy?” You don’t have to listen to know that the answer is “yes.” But you should listen anyway. We’re going back to our roots in …

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World Turtle News 07/30/2021

Dead turtles and waves of plastic show Sri Lankan ship disaster’s deep ramifications More than two months ago a container ship off the coast of Sri Lanka caught fire, and the effects from that disaster are still being felt. As more animals wash up dead on beaches, it is clear this will not resolve anytime soon. Follow the link to read more about this disaster’s …

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 25

Got a Little Heated There for a Minute

Listener Appreciation – Part Two. Shannon is coming in hot in this one. She’s done her homework this time and has questions of her own, keeping the theme of listener appreciation going. Will this be the episode to end their podcast, before they’ve even reached a year of doing so? Let’s hope not.

World Turtle News 07/22/2021

Researchers Discover New Deadly Disease For Gopher Tortoises Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered a new fatal illness in Gopher tortoises. Gopher tortoises are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, so having a fatal disease spreading will only make conserving this keystone species more difficult. To read more about this disease, follow the link. Turtle News From Around the World Conservation USA: 4 …

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Turtley Devoted, Episode 24

A 'Special' Episode

Listener Appreciation – Part One. Shannon and Anthony agree, perhaps the best outcome from starting this podcast has been the outpouring of feedback from the listeners. In this episode they answer questions from listeners and have a great time doing it… For the most part.

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