Each spring, with the help of the artistic talent commissioned from Georgetown Central School, the Conservation Commission posts “Turtle Crossing” signs at important turtle travel corridors around town.
Georgetown has a number of wetlands that are important for several species of turtle: snappers, painted and spotted (endangered in coastal areas). Beginning in May, turtles begin to move to lay their eggs in more upland areas. As a result, they often have to cross roads to get where they are going, or to get back to the pond or wetland, as do their offspring when they hatch.
The turtle crossing signs serve to remind Georgetown residents and visitors to slow down and watch for turtles.
Turtles are slow, but they don’t appreciate being helped along. Stay a safe distance from snapping turtles in particular.