Patricia Johnson is certified in reptile monitoring by the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation and a New York State Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. She specializes in native turtles, with a particular interest in Eastern Box Turtles. In 2015 she was selected to be the NEPARC Fellow – Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science PARC/SSAR workshop. Patricia produces Turtle Intensives, semi-annual meetings to spark conversations and the sharing of ideas among those working in turtle conservation.  She has co-authored five award-winning books with her husband ( and lives in Yorktown Heights. They share their home with three parrots, four cats, and dozens of turtle patients at any given time. 

If you would like to give a turtle a forever home, or if you would like to help wild turtles (or any animal for that matter) contact Patricia at [email protected], and she'll talk you through the licensing process (very easy and you only need to be 16). Feel free to write her if you’re interested in having her present a workshop, or have any additional questions about turtles.

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"You want to see a turtle really go to town, put a slug in front of one." [15:20] – Patricia Johnson