There are few things more harrowing than watching a turtle try to cross the road. You can help the turtle cross, but don’t take it home. Several of Indiana’s turtle species are illegal to take or possess, including the Eastern box turtle (pictured above).
Since the news briefing on April 22, 2019, the Multi-Agency Task Force has received over 2,200 emails, 400 calls and an additional 135 calls and or walk-ins to local police departments and state police posts around the state. The total amount since the inception of the email and tip line is over 42,000.
Lampreys are one of the first fish species to spawn each spring as streams start to warm. Though they lack jaws and some of the fins of other fish, they use their sucking disk and body to move rocks, clearing out small depressions in gravelly areas to lay their eggs. When actively spawning, several of these snake-like fish will be seen squirming together.
The barn owls are back and nesting season is well underway. The female recently laid two eggs. Barn owls lay six eggs on average, so check back to see if she lays more. This year, the first egg was laid on March 19. Check out the barn owl webcam at https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/8183.htm.
If you are looking for ways to promote conservation, look no farther than your own backyard. Manicured turf grass is a common sight in many backyards, but its short roots can create a surface that doesn’t allow water to move through the soil. This causes stormwater and other water to flow directly into our water bodies, taking many pollutants with it.
Photo: Before (top) and after (bottom) planting native plants.