Do you have turtle stories to share? You can add them in the comments area.
We would like to learn more about the turtles who call Diamond Lake home and the interactions you have with them. Have you helped them across the road? What kinds of turtles have you seen? Where do they lay their eggs? When? Is this year different than other years? If you have stories to share, please email them to FoDL using the contact form, and we will share them on the website.
Q: Why did the turtle cross the road?
A: To lay eggs, of course!*
The first official turtle crossing was seen this past week on Clinton Avenue! A snapper needed a bit of help across the street to avoid becoming a casualty. The female turtles that call Diamond Lake home head for higher sandy soil in which to lay their eggs each year in May & June. Once the eggs hatch, the hatchlings return to the lake via the same routes in August & September.
Both mamas and hatchlings can often be seen crossing the streets around Diamond Lake on the way. Those not seen by motorists can become casualties. Most are painted turtles or snapping turtles. Let us know if you see other species.
How You can Help
If you live on one of the streets around Diamond Lake — Portland,*** Clinton or 2nd*** Avenues, Diamond Lake Road,*** Diamond Lake Lane, Chester Street, or 58th Street,** you can place a turtle crossing sign in your yard to alert motorists to see that slow moving lump in the road really is a turtle. Friends of Diamond Lake has created yard signs that residents around the lake can post in their yards to help increase awareness of the turtles’ presence on the streets. If you would be willing to put one in your yard, please let us know using the contact form, and we will be sure you get one. We’d like to spread them around enough so people get the idea.
The signs are free, and quantity is limited (of course, a smal donation is always welcome!)
* Thanks to newsletter editor Leigh Oltmans for the turtle quip
** We have enough volunteers on Roslyn.
*** Especially needed
The Friends of Diamond Lake Annual Meeting is on Thursday, May 2 at Pearl Park: 6:45-8:30 p.m. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m.
Learn about Diamond Lake Birds
Featured speaker Dick Sandve will be talking about the birds of Diamond Lake and answering your questions. Dick has been birding for over thirty years and has identified close to 700 North American bird species and over 1800 species worldwide. Dick is a member of the Minnesota Orthinological Union where he has served as Field Trip chairman.
Get a Turtle Crossing Sign
You can also pick up a Turtle Crossing yard sign at the annual meeting if you live on one of the streets surrounding Diamond Lake where Turtles cross over to lay eggs. In an effort to help motorists and others be aware of turtles on the move each spring and fall, Friends of Diamond Lake will be providing Turtle Crossing yard signs for area residents to post in their yards. There are only 25 available, so get yours at the annual meeting and help a turtle cross the road.
Additional information and new resources are being added weekly, so be sure to check back. For a sample of what’s to come, check out the new Froggy Project page! Other new features include an updated News feature (the FoDL blog) and events listings. Coming Soon: The FoDL Critter Forum where you can post and discuss your observations about what’s happening with Diamond Lake’s flora and fauna.