High Elevation Study
This medium size photo is the core of the study area today.  The primary difference between this and the original smaller study area (aside from almost doubling in size)  is the inclusion of the area to the west including the clearcut where M13 frequented and hibernated.

625 acres
(252.8 Hectares)

0.971 mile
(1.563 Km) wide

1.004 miles
(1.616 Km) high

Several turtles have been tracked both to the north and to the south of this photo, including transients, and other long distance travelers.
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Study Area Description
The large photo is the current study area except for M17's (transient) route.  Several turtle routes (M20 aqua, M13 blue and yellow, and M22 red) are overlain to show the extent of the turtle travels.  The photo dimensions are:

1.1 miles wide
1.8 miles high
1276 acres

As turtles travel longer distances, and into areas not tracked before, larger photos wil be needed to plot the new tracks.


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On this page are found a number of the aerial photos used on this site to plot turtle routes.  Visualizing mountainous terrain features and vegetation from 2-D photos can be difficult.
Fall, color photo of study area  Light greens are lawns and pastures, medium greens are pines, dark greens are rhododendrons and browns are oak-hickory-maples and other deciduous species.

North facing slopes are primarily rhododendron / hardwood mix, south facing slopes are primarily hardwood / softwood mix.
 
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