- September 9, 2016
Turtles often travel great distances between a variety of habitats, like streams and wetlands, forests, and even deserts, in search of resources, mates, and nesting places. Their environments, however, are being drained, developed, or otherwise altered and their routes are often impeded by roads, walls, and other manmade structures. Fortunately, your yard can help provide some of the variety of habitat turtles need by creating or protecting the aquatic and terrestrial environments they are looking for. Creating rest stops like ponds or vernal pools on your property or maintaining reproductive habitat with wild shorelines and sandy areas along creeks and ponds is an excellent way to support turtles. If you already have a pond or a wetland, adding native plants, or logs and rocks for sun perches, are more examples of simple habitat improvements you can install to give turtles more of a fighting chance.
Give these charismatic reptiles a head start at life in a pond near you
Goals Articles Are Special
This article is a part of our Planning for Habitat series. Habitat Network encourages you to set goals for each site you map so you can work towards outcomes that matter to you. Each goal has an introductory article, that links you to actions you might be able to take on your site to work towards meeting your goals.
Support Turtles Actions
These are the current actions that are tied to this goal. Whether or not you have “completed” an action is tied to the data collected via your site map. Each Habitat Map has its own goals and actions. To learn more about any action, or about how to change data on your map related to this action, click the link.
- Pond, stream, or other water area
- Log in ponds
- Rock in ponds
- Shoreline of water area left wild
- No use of herbicides and pesticides
- Wetland area
How to Set Goals for Your Sites
Ready to set goals for your habitat map? Visit the Map page, open the site explorer, and select the map you’d like to set goals for.