Southwestern Pond Turtle (Actinemys pallida) Population and Habitat Assessment, Southern California, Draft Final 2021

Type: report

Article abstract: Data Summary. To document occupied areas in southern California, record demography of remaining pond turtle populations and assess suitable habitat, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted pond turtle specific surveys throughout Los Angeles, Orange, western Riverside, and southwestern San Bernardino counties. These surveys included habitat suitability assessments to determine whether appropriate habitat existed at survey locations, as well as identifying threats from invasive species, especially the presence of non-native turtles. Pond turtles were also detected during surveys focused on other species, but no habitat assessment was done at those sites.

Number of pages: 45

Authors: Baumberger, Katherine; Backlin, Adam R.; Louros, Andrew; May, Tiffany, A.; Wong, Monique N.; Fisher, Robert N.;

Day: 12

Month: April

Year: 2022

Notes: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Inter/Intra-Agency Agreement (IAA) 4500140068 and the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Technical Assistance Agreement 20ZCTAASBVMWD00

Prepared for: San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;

Prepared by: U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center;

Keywords: habitat assessment; southwestern pond turtle;

Species: Southwestern pond turtle