150 orphaned turtles get chance at life thanks to Cornell wildlife team

first_img “If it’s moving nicely just stop, just let it continue to go,” VanDeMark said. And if anyone is compelled to physically move a turtle, she said, “You want to reach around to the back part of their shell — Never grabbing the tail, just supporting the tail. “When kept over the winter, the advantage is that they grow quickly and will be much bigger by spring, thus having a better head start when finally released in June,” said VanDeMark. Alice VanDeMark, a technician at the hospital, said they treat injured wildlife from anywhere, but most people don’t know the hospital exists as a resource. Sara Childs-Sanford, chief of service at the wildlife hospital said in a news release that turtle populations are experiencing declines worldwide, including in New York. “Egg incubation at the hospital and release of the hatchlings assist turtle conservation efforts by supporting population numbers,” she said. Tagged: cornell university, Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital, snapping turtles, turtles Between May and July, the hospital was able to rescue 150 eggs, according to the university. Of which, 70 hatched at the hospital and the rest hatched in the care of certified wildlife rehabilitators, according to a news release. The eggs were all from snapping turtles, one of the most common New York State species, and all from within the region. “On a very basic level, it could be applied to any animal we’re talking about preserving biodiversity and a variety of species in any ecosystem is really important to keep that system healthy and in a way, they serve as sentinels for our environment’s health,” she said.  Dr. Sara Sokolnik, an intern at the hospital, stressed the importance of their work in general, not just with the turtles. Anna Lamb center_img ITHACA, N.Y. –– Cornell University’s Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Hospital rescued more than 150 eggs this summer from pregnant turtles who were struck by cars in New York. Because the turtles were too injured to lay their eggs, Cornell wildlife experts stepped in to help them hatch. Snapping turtle eggs in vermiculite (Photo by Anna Lamb/Ithaca Voice) In the wild, turtle eggs are buried in the sand to incubate. At the hospital, medical professionals mimic that environment by using a special insulation called vermiculite. Vermiculite is commonly used in gardening as a way to keep soil wet. The insulation is kept warm and damp for approximately 90 days. Drivers should keep an eye out for turtles crossing the road. Snapping turtle in the hospital for a check-up (Photo by Anna Lamb/Ithaca Voice) Anyone who finds an injured or sick wild animal can contact a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator here or call the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center at 607-253-3060. Most of the little turtles were released by the end of September, but some are staying in the care of the hospital to be looked after by veterinary students and other volunteers. Full-sized snapping turtles can grow to be 35 pounds and 17 inches long. “They can be from all over the state mostly they’re from a one to two-hour radius of here,” she said.  Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamblast_img read more

In Transit Celebrates 100 Broadway Performances

first_imgThe cast of ‘In Transit'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) In Transit Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017center_img Broadway’s aca-awesome musical In Transit celebrated 100 performances on February 7. (How many MetroCard swipes is that?) The cast gathered at the Circle in the Square Theatre to snack on a treat that is always worth a train transfer or two: Schmackary’s Cookies! The company, including Moya Angela, Chesney Snow, Sara Wordsworth, Justin Guarini, Adam Bashian, David Abeles, Gerianne Perez, Mariand Torres, Margo Seibert, Erin Mackey, Arbender Robinson, James-Allen Ford, Aurelia Williams, Nicholas Ward and Telly Leung, posed for a pic. Check out the hot shot, and be sure to take a subway ride over to Circle in the Square to catch the musical ASAP! View Commentslast_img read more

UBS, Swisscanto disagree on importance of full cost transparency

first_imgSwisscanto also stressed that, within the cost debate, the individual net yield of each product must not be forgotten.Only when a Pensionskasse knows the total costs of an investment can it judge whether the achieved net return is reasonable compared with the costs, it said.UBS Global Asset Management “welcomed” the trend towards more transparency and said it had introduced a synthetic TER for certain alternative investments such as funds of hedge funds.However, it also argued that institutional clients using hedge funds understood that, “for conceptual reasons”, some investments are less transparent than, for example, listed equities – “and they know this will not change”.UBS added that higher regulatory demands, as well as the increasing complexity of investments, were leading to higher costs “that have to be covered”. Swiss pension funds have “no reason” to invest in funds that are not fully transparent on costs, Swisscanto has said in a debate on the cost of asset management.The asset manager said it was convinced a Pensionskasse should implement its investment strategy “completely with cost-transparent investment vehicles”.It pointed out that, even with hedge funds, it was possible to demand an audited annual financial statement and thereby calculate a total expense ratio (TER).As part of the structural reform that has been implemented over the last few years, every Pensionskasse must calculate a TER and list vehicles for which no TER is calculated separately in its annual report.last_img read more