HCT Asks the Public for Help with Box Turtle Strandings

Harwich TurtleHARWICH – Summer is here and during late spring many of our favorite critters emerge.

Some of these, like the Eastern Box Turtle, are on the state’s list of rare species.

Due to human activity, causing habitat loss and mortality along our busy roadways, our local Eastern Box Turtles are having a tough time.

In order to better protect this unique species in Harwich, the Harwich Conservation Trust is seeking the public’s help with documenting their presence in town.

If you see an Eastern Box Turtle (alive or dead), take a picture, note your time and specific location, and email HCT the information including the photo.

The Harwich Conservation Trust will fill out a “Rare Animal Observation Form” and file it with the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, which documents rare species across the Commonwealth.

It is important to note that Eastern Box Turtles are most active after a soaking rain this time of year.

Also, if you see a turtle crossing the road, and only if you can pull over safely, please help it along by picking it up and placing it on the other side in the same direction it is already traveling.

The Trust is a nonprofit land trust organization founded in 1988 by citizens concerned with the rapid pace of development threatening the fragile natural resources of Harwich.

The Trust is not affiliated with town government, but will partner as needed to preserve priority lands.

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