help a turtle
  1. Keep wild turtles in the wild. Don't collect pond turtles for pets. Observe and enjoy them in their natural habitat.
  2. Don't pollute. Don't let plastic bags and balloons get into the water. Pick up garbage from beaches and decrease your use of plastic by using paper bags, paper plates instead of styrofoam, and letting fast food restaurants know you don't need your food wrapped in so many layers! Recycle as much as you can.
  3. Ban the balloon. Sea turtles and other marine animals sometimes eat plastic bags and balloons.Instead of having balloon releases to celebrate special events, organize a lady bug or dragonfly release. They are available in quantity from biological supply catalogs.
  4. Help a turtle across the road. If you should see a turtle trying to cross a road, stop, and when it is safe for you to do so, carry the turtle to the side of the road in which it was headed. Don't carry a turtle by its tail. For a snapping turtle or other large turtle, push it across with a stick.
  5. Protect your town's open spaces. You can learn where the natural habitats are in your community. Explore them, learn about them, and tell others about them. Work with the town conservation commission or department of parks and recreation to promote the use and understanding of the parks, ponds, and wetlands in your town. Perhaps you might be the first to write a field guide to your town's natural area.
  6. Learn and teach. The more you know about turtles, their homes, and their needs, the more you can teach those around you to value them.