Forest Preserve Reminds Residents to Avoid Turtles While Driving

Forest Preserve Reminds Residents to Avoid Turtles While Driving

glucophage tablet uses DARIEN, IL- The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is reminding drivers to watch out for turtles on the roads, as they become more active in the spring. The forest preserve said from April through October turtles cross roads in search of water, food, mates or nests. Female crossings increase in particular mid-May to mid-July as the turtles make their way to and from nesting sites.

singles in nrw cup Carlos Barbosa “In order for their eggs to survive, turtles must find just the right spot for their nests,” said District ecologist Dan Thompson in a release . “Some turtles must travel up to a mile to find the right conditions.”

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casino online gratis sin descargar sin depósito “The District’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn has already received a female Blanding’s turtle that was hit on the road in April,” said Thompson. “These turtles are endangered, so even a single hit can have a large impact on their critically low populations.”

vidéo x gay gratuit The forest preserve said if you see a turtle trying to cross the road:
● Never slam on your brakes; gradually slow down. If the safest option is to keep going, try to straddle the turtle with the vehicle’s tires if possible.
● If there’s plenty of room on the shoulder and you can safely pull over, turn on your hazard lights to alert other motorists.
● Make sure you have plenty of time with a big break in traffic before approaching the turtle. Cars approach faster than you think and drivers, especially distracted ones, aren’t expecting to see someone in the middle of the road.
● Notice which way the turtle is facing and move it to that side of the road. If you move it to the side it started from, it will only try to cross again later.
● All turtles can bite and scratch and are surprisingly quick, so handle one as little as possible. If it’s a snapping turtle, you may want to avoid it altogether. Most turtles will likely retreat into their shells, but a scared snapper will defend itself.
● If you keep a shovel in your car or have a floor mat, gently slip it under the turtle and scoot it across the road. If there’s a sturdy branch nearby, you can try to use it to push the animal along.
● If you use your hands, wear gloves if you have them and place one hand on either side of the turtle toward the back. Never pick one up by the tail; it’s part of the spine and cannot support weight.
● Never move a turtle farther than the side of the road. Turtles are extremely territorial, and taking one to a new habitat — even a better one — can be harmfully disorienting.

According to the forest preserve, DuPage County is home to a variety of native turtle species, including musk, snapping, eastern spiny softshell, common map, painted and Blanding’s.

“In DuPage County, roads built near lakes, ponds and marshes can be turtle-crossing hot spots,” Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore said in a release. “It’s important for us to be good stewards and do our part to help these animals.”

“Turtles are captivating critters and deserve our help, especially at this time of year,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Linda Painter, District 3, in a release.

Anyone who finds an injured turtle should consult Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Located at 525 S. Park Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, the center cares for injured native wildlife and strives to return them to the wild. Employees and volunteers are available to answer questions daily 9 a.m. ‒ 5 p.m. at 630-942-6200. After hours, an automated system provides information.

“Every year Willowbrook admits several turtles that have been struck by cars, and though our animal-care staff may be able to treat cracked shells or minor injuries, many turtles never recover from the trauma,” said Willowbrook naturalist Stephanie Touzalin in a release. “It’s up to all of us on the roads to do what we can to make sure these fascinating animals can move around safely.”