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Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program

Main Project Information
Presented By Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Goal Study statewide turtle distributions & road mortality
Task Report sightings of turtles or turtle mortalities
Where Wisconsin, United States of America

The main goals of the WTCP are to catalog species' statewide distributions more thoroughly and to document high turtle mortality locations along roads in order to promote effective management and conservation of Wisconsin’s 11 turtle species.

The WTCP was initiated in response to the increasing trend in highway collisions of migrating turtles and vehicles. Our ever-expanding dedicated volunteer base makes projects like these possible and allows for more efficient ways in which WDNR employees can productively manage turtle numbers.

Volunteering is easy! When you see a live turtle or a turtle that has been hit on the road, use our online or paper form to report it. Photographs are also welcome.

How to Join

Report Wisconsin turtle sightings at

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, In the car, At the beach, On a walk, run, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Tags herptiles, reptiles, turtle, turtles, wisconsin
Project Updated 12/26/2018