ASHTON BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH AND PRESERVATION INSTITUE
The Institute was founded in 1998 as a 501(c) 3 foundation by Ray and Pat Ashton.
Our Mission is to:
- Support and manage designated ecosystems including Ashton Biological Preserve.
- Contribute to knowledge in https://www.iqoption.net/demo-account
conservation biology on rare and endangered species and in sustainable use of natural resources locally and worldwide.
- Provide educational and research opportunities, materials and training for students, researchers, government officials and environmental consultants.
- Facilitate communication among those involved in management, conservation biology and biological research to allow for better management of the biodiversity locally, regionally, nationally and worldwide.
||ABOUT THE ABRPI
Who we are including the Board of Directors, History, and Accomplishments.
||PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COURSES AND ON SITE REVIEW FOR TORTOISE EXCAVATIONS
These courses are offered with Wildlands Conservation, Inc.
TRAINING AND INFORMATION FOR THE LAY PUBLIC, NATURALISTS AND EDUCATORS
We are reviving our extremely popular tortoise natural history program because of need.
PROTECTED SPECIES AND HABIAT CONSULTING
We are available to work on protected species https://www.iqoption.net/demo-account/
projects as a certified agent for gopher tortoise work. We are also experienced and available to work on protected birds, and amphibians throughout the eastern US.
RESEARCH EFFORTS AND THE RESEARCH STATION
We have two major projects on going. The first is to find graduate students and other researchers who would like to take years of data on gopher tortoises and many other reptiles and amphibians and our 4 year study on burrowing owls and work with us to get these into publication. Our other research is studying low frequency sound and behavior in tortoises.
CAPTIVE BREEDING OF REPTILES
We have been working for years in various countries as well as our efforts here to learn best management practices for producing captive bred offspring and rearing hatchlings to breeders in semi wild habitats. Extra offspring are sold to support these efforts.
CURRENT EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
See below for current events and what ABRPI is doing.
GOPHER TORTOISE NATURAL HISTORY AND HABITAT TRAINING COURSE
A number of individuals and communities have asked us to open up these programs to the general public since there is so much interest in tortoises https://www.iqoption.net/demo-account
and their conservation. We have decided to bring back a revised "Tortoise Boot Camp." Learn more and sign up for this course.
FWS Call for Comments
US FISH AND WILDIFE SERVICE HAS A 90 DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OF THE POSSIBLE FEDERAL LISTING OF THE GOPHER TORTOISE.
We encourage you to provide your comments for details on the federal listing.
Annual Report: Summary of ABRPI 2008
Go to the information on the Tortoise Advisory Committee page.
EXCESS TORTOISES FOR SALE
Our research tortoises have produced a large number of hatchlings this year. These are being sold to provide funding for our research and conservation efforts. We promote the concept that only turtles and tortoises should be sold in the state of Florida that are a product of captive breeding and not wild caught from any area in the world. Please note that we ask potential buyers to agree to our conservation and humanitarian terms. Go to information on CAPTIVE BORN TORTOISES FOR SALE.
FWC RECIEVES WARNING FROM BIOLOGISTS ABOUT DROPPING THE BALL ON GOPHER TORTOISE RELOCATION PLANNING
FWC staff has fallen far short on creating anything but permits and gathering funds from relocation. They still do not require certification of FWC staff evaluating and overseeing relocation sites nor are the managers of these sites require any experience or certification.There are no good measurable methods being used to evaluate the quality of the sites and, current restrictions on the types and sizes of relocation sites will cause reall shortages in space to place tortoises when the economy and development picks up again. Go to information on TORTOISE RELOCATION.
ASHTON IS A CERTIFIED AGENT
Ray Ashton is a certified agent which allows him to conduct tortoise surveys, backhoe excavations, burrow surveys, can trap, and other activites including teaching courses to people who are seeking certification. Contact Tortfarm2@aol.com for more information.
Professional Training Course
THE GOPHER TORTOISE RELOCATION AND MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent Training
Register Now to meet NEW FWC requirements for Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agents
Detailed course information and information on the requirements for FWC Certification are in the Professional Training Courses section of the web page. Click on this section title on the left column. REGISTRATION IS BEING HANDLED AT THE WILDLANDS CONSERVATION OFFICE. You can complete the registration form from the ABRPI web page but you must follow the instructions on where to send it. Or, you can click on to the WILDLANDS LINK: www.gophertortoisetraining.org and complete the form there.
All questions related to registration, payments, logistics and similar details should be directed to the Wildlands Conservation office.
Questions related to course content, examinations, mentoring, or field examinations should be directed to Ray Ashton at Tortfarm2@aol.com
ON-SITE EVALUATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION FOR EXCAVATION OF TORTOISES AND 100% SURVEYS.
ABRPI IS OFFERING ON-SITE EVALUATIONS OF BURROW EXCAVATION, TORTOISE HANDLING, AND 100% SURVEYS.
Individuals that have had experience but not enough to qualify for certification should consider this service. Ray Ashton will come to your site or will work with you company to set up a dig that will allow him to review you or individuals from your staff on proper methods of managing and carry out backhoe excavations. He can also come to and evaluate project managers that are undertaking 100% surveys. If you pass the evaluation he will provide you and FWC with a letter recommending that you be certified for these areas. Go to the On-site Field Evaluation Page for details of the testing process and how to schedule a site evaluation.
Offering the Highest Quality Training For Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agents
Our goal is to fully meet the highest quality possible the needs of staff involved in all aspects of gopher tortoise relocation and management. Our courses are built on years of experience in working with professionals and community stakeholders. We are proud to have Pat and Ray Ashton, renowned gopher tortoise experts, teachers, and authors developing the courses which lead to certification.
Ashton Biodiversity Research & Preservation Institute, Inc (ABRPI) has a long history of providing training programs on gopher tortoise relocation and management activities. We recently received approval from FWC to offer certification programs that meet the new Gopher Tortoise Management Plan Guidelines, and draft Training Parameters. We have created an expanded curriculum and a new series of training programs for certification to meet the specific needs of these requirements. ABRPI has teamed with Wildlands Conservation, Inc, a non-profit organization with tremendous experience in management of conservation lands and environmental education, to offer programs around the state with numerous actual preserve sites available for field experiences.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Requirements
The gopher tortoise was officially upgraded to Threatened by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). FWC is requiring that any individual working with the relocation and management of the gopher tortoise satisfy certain requirements; they are to be certified as Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agents. The use of Authorized Agents for gopher tortoise permit activities will be required by the Spring of 2009. FWC encourages all affected to please apply as soon as possible so that you are permitted before the use of authorized agents is required. Please read the requirements to become an authorized agent, to determine if you need to take our courses for certification.
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We need your support more than ever. We are traveling and talking with counties, landowners, and others to help develop a wise and successful conservation program throughout the state. Thank you for your continued support.
Ashton Biodiversity Research & Preservation Institute, Inc
14260 W Newberry Rd. PBB 331
Newberry, FL 32669