Nurturing Nature: A community blog

Deniz Martinez shares local eco events and learning locations, as well as ideas and inspiration for keeping our kids connected to the nature in the 21st Century.

Today is World Turtle Day!

Written by Deniz Martinez, Community blogger | May 23, 2012 6:42 PM

May 23rd is World Turtle Day! This annual event was started by the American Tortoise Rescue in 2000 to celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises around the world.

Did you know that Wildwood Park right here in Harrisburg has an adopt-a-turtle program?

Your donation of $20 will make it possible for a microchip numbered PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tag to be safely implanted in turtles in Wildwood Lake. It supports study of the growth and development of turtles when they are recaptured at future intervals. Wildwood Park environmental educators with the support of the Friends of Wildwood are partnering with the biology department at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA for this research.

As a donor you will receive a certificate, a PIT tag registration number and your turtle's species. You will be able to locate your PIT tag number on the Friends of Wildwood website when your turtle is recaptured for study and measurements. All turtles will be released back into Wildwood Lake.

Here is a picture of the turtle we adopted at last month's Wetlands Festival, Mr. Turtle:



Published in Nurturing Nature: Connecting Children to Nature in Central PA and Beyond

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