Dogs and turtles, what a match! This article was online at the Albany Democrat-herald.
A Corvallis man uses sheepdog to locate nests of rare species
By KYLE ODEGARD
The nests of rare Western pond turtles are hard for people to spot, but hungry critters such as foxes and skunks can sniff them out with little problem. And that gave local wildlife biologist Dave Vesely a big idea.
It occurred to me that if predators could sniff these nests out, surely I could teach my dog to do it, Vesely said.
Earlier this summer, his Belgian sheepdog, Chilko, helped the Marys River Watershed Council with a turtle conservation project in the Cardwell Hills area near Wren.
Though the 5-year-old canine didnt find any nests Vesely said theres a large area to search, and they werent in the right spot the prospect of tracking turtles has the watershed council excited.
If turtle nests are pinpointed, then the environmental group will know where to focus improvements so theyll be most beneficial, said outreach coordinator Karen Fleck Harding.