History: The Politics of Water - New Mexico Museum of Art


Staff - Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Chris, herpetologist at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation in Southwest Florida and longtime CHS member, will talk about his experiences as researcher and tour co-leader on his month long trip to Madagascar. He conducted research on all 4 native tortoises and will present a powerpoint slide show depicting the research and the many amazing herps that he encountered.

2017-09-27 Lee Walston -Conservation of Reptiles and Amphibians on Federal Lands

Uprooting FDR’s ‘Great Wall of Trees’ - Circle of Blue

Chris grew up in Traverse City spending much of his youth camping, biking, and exploring the natural wonders of our region. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a Water Sciences concentration. Previous to joining GTRLC as a full time staff member, he served as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member and later a Land Specialist. He has also held positions with the Invasive Species Network and the Grand Traverse Conservation District. Chris is excited to be working with easement owners to further the mission of the Conservancy and improve conservation in the region.

Growing up in Petoskey, Jennifer’s appreciation for our freshwater paradise began early and deepened after living for a time in the Arizona desert. Jennifer has a passion for connecting people to each other and to their environment in support of protecting and caring for our natural resources. Before joining the Conservancy team, Jennifer was the project manager for the Boardman River Dams Committee. She has served on the board of the Grand Traverse Conservation District since 2007. Jennifer lives with Evan, a writer, with whom she enjoys urban farming and restoring their 100 year-old home.


Glen is the founding Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. In this position he oversees the Regional Conservancy’s efforts to protect scenic, natural and farm lands in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Manistee Counties. Since the Conservancy’s founding in 1991 by Rotary Charities, more than 39,000 acres of land and over 119 miles of shoreline along the region’s scenic rivers, lakes and streams have been forever protected. Glen is a member of the Land Trust Alliance’s Leadership Council as well as a founding board member of Michigan’s Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan. Glen lives in an historic farmhouse on the Old Mission Peninsula with his wife, Becky, and their sons, Martin, William and Leonard where he enjoys hobbies including playing the piano, barn restoration, studying American history and growing Riesling grapes.

Crocodilian Species - American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)

Historically American crocodile populations occurred as far north as the Yaqui River of Sonora state just to the southeast of Guaymas and within the Mayo River, but the reduction of freshwater and the destruction of the coastal mangrove systems due to major agricultural influences eliminated populations from these regions.

Images of early maps on the web: 8. United States

Snakes and turtles can occur in species-rich assemblages; this makes them useful for examining ecological interactions that promote co-existence as well as determining natural history traits that make them susceptible to conservation threats; however, these animals are generally overlooked in both ecological and conservation studies. I will discuss two lines of research I have pursued over the last few years, including A) the large scale habitat preferences of upland snakes and examining how their interactions as competitors and as predator/prey influence their persistence and B) novel threats facing freshwater turtle populations through increased mortality of adults, including road mortality and fish hook ingestion.