Turtle crossings. Or “We care about turtles, but do turtles care about humans?”

Tessa, Hannah, and Ellie, three Richmond Consolidated School 8th grade social studies students are leading the way on an effort to protect Richmond’s turtles as they cross our roads. It’s part of their civics lessons and it is a great opportunity to learn the levers of local government and protect wildlife. The ConCom, the DPW, the Selectboard are all pitching in to make their project a success. Tomorrow, Suzie Fowle, one of Massachusetts’ leading experts on turtles will be leading a discussion at RCS, that our intrepid students and their teacher have organized. I’m excited to attend and hear all about it turtle ecology.

Meanwhile, funds need to be raised for turtle crossing signs and a plan for turning the reins of turtle protection over to the next class need finalizing.

And to top things off, Suzy Fowle found a painted turtle laying eggs on school grounds and long-term protection for the nest is being worked out. Please drive slowly and watch for creatures!

Tonight is ConCom, at 7pm. Everyone is always welcome.

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