Illinois motorists urged to use caution to avoid nesting turtles

Ecologists in the area are urging local drivers to slow down so turtles in the area can safely make a very important journey for nesting.

Female turtles in particular can travel up to a mile to find the perfect nest for their eggs — and during any given year, at least 90% of turtles must survive the journey in order to sustain their population numbers.

In case, the loss of one turtle can cause a domino effect that can ultimately result in the loss of around 500 turtles because of the potential for their future offspring. 

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Ecologists at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn are asking motorists to use cautious to avoid turtles on the road the spring.