Ways to help
- Rescue turtles from roads. During
the spring and summer, frequently after rainy weather, box turtles
migrate and will cross roads, usually unsuccessfully. Cars hit them.
Stop, watch out for traffic and move the turtle off the road,
in the same direction that the turtle was heading, otherwise
the turtle may turn around and recross the street. The Eastern box
turtle is a threatened species, and needs your help to
- Support zoos and wildlife
- Do not buy exotic animals as pets (dogs, cats, fish, etc. are pets,
not tigers and bears)
- Spay and neuter your dogs and
cats, don't let them run loose to terrorize wildlife. Feral
(wild-roaming) dogs and cats are responsible for killing many
wildlife specimens, including birds, squirrels, raccoons, possums,
- Do not let balloons go outside;
They can float into a stream or field where they may get eaten by an
animal. This can seriously injure or kill the animal by blocking
- Do not feed wild animals
(raccoons, possums, skunks, etc.) because they will depend on this
and not look for food on their own. Also, they might accidentally
hurt you if you get in their way. If you feed wild birds, continue
to do so thru out the winter when their food sources are scarce.
- Clean up camp sites and do not
litter on hike/bike trails ("take only memories, leave only
- Leave nests, dens, cocoons, etc.
alone, as well as baby animals, in the wild (their mother is
probably around the corner!).
- Volunteer at a local nature
center, museum, or zoo (kangaroos, elephants, and flamingos are
cool, but there are a lot of cool animals that live right around
LEARN! LEARN! LEARN! about animals
behaviors, habitats, and conservation efforts, so you can teach
your family and friends to be animal-friendly.