2011 is the Year of the Turtle

Posted by Christine, February 16, 2011

Turtles are one of many types of animals that have suffered a precipitous decline in numbers. In order to better understand and mitigate US and global problems for both fresh- and saltwater turtles and tortoises, many government and advocacy organizations are banding together and branding 2011 the “Year of the Turtle.”

One widespread project is a push for “citizen scientists” to report sightings to the Turtle Mapping Project and conditions for selected turtle and tortoise species, either on their own or as part of a “bioblitz.”  The reports will be used to improve data for a range of representative species.