Sunday, July 8, 2007
I had a nice Sunday morning walk with my dogs. We saw two box turtles. The Arkansas Natural Heritage Department is conducting a "citizen survey" of box turtles. There is concern that these turtles are quietly disappearing from the landscapes across the country. Results from studies across the US suggest that box turtles are becoming less common. They want to develop conservation strategies for the turtles before they become rare. So they have asked the citizen of Arkansas (and any visiting tourist) to help them "gather empirical data will we be able to understand the true status and trends of these endearing species".