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Research project for Blandings turtle protection launched.

Staff of the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge  (Nebraska) pose with WTI researcher Marcel HuijserWTI Research Ecologist Marcel Huijser is in Nebraska this week at the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge. Marcel (far right in photo) is working with Refuge staff and the Nebraska Department of Roads to launch a project to protect the Blanding’s Turtle. The turtle is threatened by habitat fragmentation and highway mortality, and is listed as an endangered species in several other states.