Monitoring mission

Matt Anchor picks up a juvenile snapping turtle in order to release it back into a marsh in the Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village. Cook County Forest Preserve biologists were monitoring turtles by recording data about their weight, growth, gender, and blood and tissue changes. For turtles caught for the first time they were also implanting a microchip in the animals. This type of monitoring is done because environmental issues tend to pop up in wildlife 2-5 years before presenting in humans, thus offering a way to predict future problems.
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( Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune / August 20, 2013 )

Matt Anchor picks up a juvenile snapping turtle in order to release it back into a marsh in the Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village. Cook County Forest Preserve biologists were monitoring turtles by recording data about their weight, growth, gender, and blood and tissue changes. For turtles caught for the first time they were also implanting a microchip in the animals. This type of monitoring is done because environmental issues tend to pop up in wildlife 2-5 years before presenting in humans, thus offering a way to predict future problems.

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