My friend is raising money to help save Blanding Turtles. It got us talking about how to help turtles and other wild life.
I have always been passionate about turtles. Last year I sent an email to Scarborough Ribfest because someone was selling very young turtles in tiny containers there.
Mom and I came up with a list of things we can do to help protect turtles.
- Reduce the amount of garbage you produce. Try to use reusable containers instead of things you will throw away quickly.
- Recycle and dispose of garbage properly.
- Pick up litter that the animals might eat or get tangled in.
- Reduce chemicals and fertilizers that you use which can hurt turtles and other animals.
- Ask a grown up to help turtles cross the road safely if you see them trying to cross.
- Respect the environment where-ever you go.
- Don't trouble nesting turtles or their nests.
- Don't trouble the hatchlings.
- Don't buy baby turtles and don't catch wild turtles to keep as pets.
- Don't release pet turtles in the wild.
- Don't eat turtle meat.
- Don't collect turtle shells.
- Don't release helium balloons outside because the turtles might eat the balloons and die.
If you know of any other ways to help turtles, please share in the comments section.
Here is a link with more information about Ontario's Turtles and how to help them: