on May 09, 2013 01:42 PM • Views 3378
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (May 9, 2013) — Celebrate turtles and learn more about conservation of these remarkable reptiles at Turtle Fest, a free,family-friendly event scheduled for Saturday, May 11, from 1-4 p.m. at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC) and the N.C. Herpetological Society, will staff a booth featuring live reptiles and amphibians.  Come check out corn snakes, frogs, maybe a toad or two, and, of course, the stars of the day — turtles of varying shapes and sizes. You also can learn more about how you can turn your backyard into a haven for all kinds of wildlife, in particular amphibians and reptiles.

Be sure to test your snake-identification skills by playing the “Spot the Copperhead” game and don’t forget to pick up your “I Love Snakes” sticker as well.

Turtle Fest will be held rain or shine. The family-friendly event is hosted annually by Bass Lake Park, located at 900 Bass Lake Road in Wake County. Along with live animal exhibits, event highlights include:

  •   Participating in interactive activities,
  •  Meeting biologists, herpetologists and wildlife rehabilitators, and
  •  Making crafts, playing games and winning prizes.

For more information on nongame conservation in North Carolina, visit the conserving page.