Friday, May 07, 2010

Turtle Crossing

Sadly...




She didn't make it...





Taken at the UW Arboretum on Sunday. The speed limit through there is only 25 mph. Which, on a sunny afternoon such as Saturday and Sunday, is very unlikely given the high volume of foot and bicycle traffic. Cars were lucky if they could go 15mph. This hit and run was more likely an evening occurrence, as there are no street lights in the Arboretum. And how can I be sure that it's a female turtle? Well, I can't. Except that female turtles will cross roads to lay eggs near the water, then cross back to the other side after the eggs are buried. So, given the sign and poor turtle not two yards away from it, it's a pretty safe assumption it's a she.



5 comments:

kaye said...

sad :(

Alice Audrey said...

Those idiots who go through way too fast always get to me. It's not even a through road anymore, is it?

Heather said...

Kaye: Very sad!

Alice: No, cars can only go as far as the Visitor Center from either direction. Only bikes and pedestrians can go from one end to the other. There were a lot of cars last Sunday due to trolley tours and a lot of visitors to the Longenecker Gardens.

Alice Audrey said...

Ah. I had assumed it was someone who lived there in one of those private houses off to the side.

Heather said...

Always a possibilty as well. It looked like a fresh kill, but I'm sure it could have been any time during the last 24 hours and there are no lights through there at night.

I remember driving through there as a kid (when cars could go almost anywhere) and Mom pointing out remnants of the "Lost City" - a stairway to nowhere here, a sunken chimney there... Very cool part of Madison history.