Welcome to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region's Year of the Turtle site, a channel for engaging partners and the public in the challenges facing turtles and the conservation work we’re doing across the Northeast for terrestrial and marine species.
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While 2011 is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, it is Year of the Turtle for conservationists across the globe. Almost half of all living turtle species are threatened, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which maintains a comprehensive list of the status of the world's species.
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation has led this effort to raise awareness of the issues surrounding turtles. Through outreach efforts to researchers, educators, natural resource managers, and the public, the campaign aims to increase involvement in turtles from local to national levels. State and federal wildlife agencies, along with several conservation and turtle organizations, are partnering with PARC to help spread the word about the plight of turtles.
Human activity remains behind many declines in turtle populations. The good news is that means humans also have the power to make positive changes toward turtle survival. The three largest threats from humans include habitat loss and degradation; overharvest of wild turtles for food, traditional medicines and pets; and mortality from roads, agricultural machinery, fishing bycatch and predators. Other threats include exotic invasive species and diseases, loss of unique genetic makeup due to hybridization, and climate change.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will work throughout 2011 with Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and others to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the survival of our turtles.
Learn more about Year of the Turtle.
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