Turtles are on the Move, Here’s How to Help Protect Them

Turtles are on the Move, Here’s How to Help Protect Them

(North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy, June 4, 2018)

Clarkston, MI – Across the state of Michigan, female turtles have begun their annual nesting trek from their home wetlands to open areas. Every year, thousands of female turtles are killed on our roadways in pursuit of nature’s call to lay their eggs. Because turtles are often older when they nest and because of the high predation rate of their eggs and hatchlings, the loss of one female turtle is a large blow to their population.

Once the female swells with eggs, she will often travel great distances to find the perfect place to nest. The nest will often be in the open where the warmth of the sun can help the babies grow and where the soil is loose enough for mama turtle to dig and bury her eggs.

Once she’s laid them and before she leaves, mama turtle will try to make the area look as natural as possible so as to not attract the attention of predators. Then she hopes for the best and slowly makes her way back home to her wetland.

Please be aware of crossing turtles and if you see one, help her cross to the other side.  Do what you can to help the turtles and save their populations!

If you are lucky enough to find one of the rarer turtles laying eggs on your property, then mark the exact location and contact NOHLC for a nest protector.

The North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC) is a private, non-profit, member supported organization with 46 years’ experience in preserving open space in northwest Oakland County. Since its inception, more than 1,500 acres have been preserved in six townships, with parcels ranging from a half to over 250 acres.  Learn more at http://www.nohlc.org

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