Dr. Ann Berry Somers is director of the Box Turtle Collective, a 100-year study on the health of the box turtle population in North Carolina. A cadre of well-trained teachers and students collect data in 30 counties across the state and enter it into a database to be able to track trends.
Dr. Berry believes turtles are wonderful advocates for the natural world. “You can pick them up, hold them, and they don’t hurt you. The box turtle is friendly, cheap to study, and adorable.”