The Year of Living… Not Like a Turtle


This diamondback terrapin is a native Connecticut resident

What do we know about turtles?  Hard shell to protect the body.  Check.  Four legs that don’t move so fast.  Check.  Able to retreat into the shell for protection from outside forces that wish to do it hard.  Check.  Un-check?

Well, PARC – Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation  – has called this year – 2011 – the Year of the Turtle because they would like people to pay close attention to turtles.  Why?   They “…are disappearing from the planet faster than any other group of animal. Today, nearly 50% of turtle species are identified as threatened with extinction. “

Their hard shells cannot protect them from loss of their habitats, invasive diseases, cars running them over, people taking them as pets, and so much more.

There are things we can do to slow down the loss of the turtle population like not taking turtles out in the wild as pets, and not destroying their nests.

We have to not behave like a turtle to help protect the turtle!

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Also the Department of Environmental Protection in Connecticut is having an art contest for kids.  You don’t even have to live in Connecticut to enter the contest!

All children from kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to enter an original drawing, painting, or sketch of a turtle native to Connecticut.

  • Entries will be judged in three categories: K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, and 4th-5th grade.
  • Prizes will be awarded in each category for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention.
  • All entries will be displayed at the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center, in Burlington, for Year of the Turtle Day, scheduled for June 26, 2011, from 1:00-4:00 PM.
  • Full details and entry information are available on the official entry form (PDF) or by calling the Wildlife Division at 860-675-8130 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM).

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