by Heather Harbord, 5 May 2011.
Vanessa Kilburn is an independent biologist who, for over a decade, been active in the fields of conservation biology and herpetology, both in Canada and abroad. Some of her work in conservation work in Canada has been described here. Vanessa also works with the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (TREES) in Belize.
Her talk focused on the life history and conservation of painted turtles, with particular attention paid to local populations on Texada Island and at Cranberry Lake.
The Powell River Peak published an article about some her local work here, and she also led subsequent field trips to Cranberry Lake, and Emily Lake on Texada Island, where members gained additional hands-on experience.