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Adult Opportunities

Turtle ID and Ecology (in person)

Identify turtles and study their role in the ecosystem.

Content Detail

Explore the fascinating ecology of Illinois turtles and learn techniques for monitoring their biodiversity for management purposes. Discover how the health of turtle populations is tied to tree and woodland health, and search for turtles on the grounds of The Morton Arboretum using different monitoring methods. Discuss how many turtles typically share a habitat, review the concerns with turtle species introductions, and learn how to identify endangered and threatened turtles in Illinois.  

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.  

Instructor: Tom Anton   

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.   

Age: 16 and older  


Tom Anton, conservation biologist, Ecological Consulting Group, LLS  

Tom Anton, BS, MA, is president and CEO of the Ecological Consulting Group, LLC. A Chicago-based naturalist and historian, he specializes in astacology (crayfishes), arachnology (specifically scorpions), herpetology, and ichthyology. Anton has shared his expertise on native fishes, reptiles, and amphibians as a consultant on land use planning and conservation status assessments for over 30 years, working with county, state, and federal agencies in the Chicago region, four other Midwest states, as well as in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. He is a field research associate at the Field Museum and an affiliate of the Illinois Natural History Survey. 

What to Know

This program meets indoors and outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and plan to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain.

Program Schedule

Saturday, April 15, 2023, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center


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