Researcher Forms Group to Save Turtles

4 years 9 months 3 weeks ago April 25, 2012 Apr 25, 2012 Wednesday, April 25 2012 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 1:44:00 PM CDT in News
By: Ashleigh Johnson

COLUMBIA - Residents concerned about the safety of turtles crossing busy roads have formed a group committed to helping the creatures called Turtle Crossing Como. University of Missouri natural resources researcher Brice Hanberry started the group after moving to Columbia and noticing the large population of turtles in the area.

"In the spring and the summer, they're crossing the roads quite often," Hanberry said Wednesday.

The goal of the group is to convince the city council to add some turtle-friendly additions to the roads as they undergo routine maintenance. Turtle Crossing Como suggests road signs, ramps leading down from curbs, indentions in curbs and possibly tunnels underneath roads for turtles to cross through safely.

For their suggestions to become reality, Hanberry said the support of the community is needed.

"The city council wouldn't feel any kind of obligation to do anything unless the citizens were interested in it happening," Hanberry said. She encourages residents to attend a series of town hall meetings underway now and speak in favor of turtle-friendly additions to the roads.

The additions have been put on a list of other possible changes to be made to Columbia roads in the future, but the list has not yet been presented to the city council.

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