Rose Point Trail - Careful, Turtles are Crossing

I was out on the Rose Point Trail yesterday evening and found three turtles either crossing the trail or sitting beside it. This included a Blanding Turtle, an endangered species, right in the middle of the trail. From the looks of it, it is probably a she, and she was planning on laying eggs in the most inappropriate spot possible. I moved her to the side of the trail but can't be sure what happened later. There also was a Midland Painted Turtle laying eggs along the side of the trail, and a Snapping Turtle wandering along the side of the trail. You don't see turtles on the trail unless it's egg laying season.

So, if you are riding an ATV, slow down and keep a close eye on the trail, especially along the edges where the turtles prefer to lay their eggs. If you are walking your dog, keep it on leash so that it doesn't disturb these turtles doing their business. And if you see a turtle parked in the middle of the trail you should move it to the side it was headed towards. In the case of Snapping Turtles, I suggest you mind your own business. Not only can they 'snap' they also leave a terrible scent on your hands.

Blanding Turtle - 2017-06-14 on the Rose Point Trail

Blanding Turtle - 2017-06-14 on the Rose Point Trail