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Turtle laying eggs near path

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From: Eva S
Mundelein, IL
Yesterday my boyfriend and I were walking on a paved path in a local forest preserve. He spotted a turtle right of the path and noticed it wasn't moving. We got closer and saw that it was a female laying her eggs right at that moment.Our concern is that once the eggs hatch, we are afraid that the babies will be harmed if they cross the path because people are are on the bikes flying through and wont see them. How would they be safe and who do I contact to help? Thanks!

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From: Laura Kammin
Visiting Extension Specialist, Pollution Prevention
Extension-Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
To us, the path might seem to be a strange to place to lay eggs, but the female turtle obviously thought the site was a good place to dig a nest for her eggs. The turtle eggs need to stay just where the female put them. When the turtles hatch they will move to cover. Their shells are strong and they should be fine.

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