16 May

Mr. Bones is an Eastern Box Turtle that lives in the forests and fields in Cedar Mountain, NC.  Since 2007 he has been part of the TURTLE TRACKS wildlife conservation study using radio telemetry to learn more about the natural movements of wild box turtles.  In 2010 his transmitter (the object attached to his shell on his left side) failed and we lost track of him.

If you live in Cedar Mountain you can help us find Mr. Bones by keeping your eyes open for box turtles crossing the road in front of the Creekside Market on the south side of 276.  Also keep your eyes open for road crossing turtles for about 1 mile up and down 276 on either side of the Creekside Market.  If you find a box turtle in this area–with or without a transmitter attached to it’s shell–please pick up the turtle (they do not bite),  place it in a tall bucket or box, note exactly where you found the turtle and if possible, the direction it was moving.

Then call the Turtle Tracks project coordinator Steve O’Neil at 828-606-8939.  If you are unable to reach Steve and/or if the turtle is injured please call Steve’s intern Elisha Ely at 724-991-7893 so that one of us can pick up the turtle and if it is Mr. Bones attach a fresh new transmitter and release him back into the forest so that we can continue tracking his movements.  If it is not Mr.Bones or Mrs. Bones the female that we are tracking–finding new turtles is always a great thing because it furthers our knowledge of the Eastern box turtle in the Cedar Mountain area.

Box turtles are most active during the mornings and later in the day and especially during and after rain showers so please drive carefully during these times.

Thank you for you help finding the lost Mr. Bones.

For more information on the Turtle Tracks project take a look at our website at: www.earthshinenature.com

Box turtles are in danger when they cross roads.  No matter where you are,  if you find road crossing box turtles please pick them up and move them to the side of the road that they are moving toward then place them a few yards off of the road in the cover of the forest/bushes.  This greatly improves their chances of survival and you get extra credit for doing a good deed and helping an animal in need.


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