There are different kinds of turtles living in our world. Some are the Eastern Box Turtles while others are known as Loggerheads. When I was growing up in North Carolina I remember seeing Eastern Box Turtles crossing dirt roads and fields to get to the other side. Today I believe you will see less of them because of the growing population taking over their habitats. Our roads of asphalt concrete are what they attempt to cross now. I found an excellent documentary on You Tube (This is a 13 minute video about the Eastern Box Turtle. This is educational and teaches about the preservation of the turtles. Produced and Directed by Heather Noe, Richard Castle and Jordan. ) Just watching it took me back to the fresh water streams where I played as a youth watching the Eastern Box Turtle cross the open fields. To learn more about them, here’s a fact sheet from the National Zoological Park, part of the Smithsonian Institution.
Question: Why did the turtle cross the road? Answer:To get to the other side.
Did you know the Loggerheads have been on the threatened species list since 1978?
Have you ever heard a young person say, “I want to be a Marine Biologist when I grow up?” If not, you might want to check out my first book, Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey because being a Marine Biologist and saving the Loggerheads is what Easton wants to do.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 26, 2012