Dalton State Library to Host Turtle Talk


In the last four years since the Turtle Assurance Colony was founded at Dalton State College, it has grown from four endangered species and a few turtles to 10 species and more than 65 turtles.

TAC is headed by Dr. John Lugthart, a professor of biology, and Chris Manis, a part-time instructor and research associate, as well as a team of biology students who care for and encourage the species to breed. Already TAC has seen several species reproduce successfully, including Serrated hinge-back tortoises, which have only been bred in captivity a few times.

The College’s Roberts Library will host “Lunch and Learn: Turtle Talk” on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 12:15 p.m. in room 201 of the library for those interested in learning more about TAC. Students will talk about the project and give a tour of the turtle habitats on campus. Those attending are encouraged to bring lunch.

“I think it is important that students know they can make a difference,” said Betsy Whitley, a librarian organizing the event. “With so much bad news in the world, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. Students and professors at Dalton State are making a difference. And now is your chance to learn how their efforts can affect the world.”