Turtle lays eggs in yard for 13th year

A Main Street Rockford resident called the Squire reporter/office manager Kate Sickrey over to photograph an annual visitor. Nancy, a friend of the newspaper’s staff, observes a large snapping turtle which comes into her yard to lay her eggs. She has been laying her eggs there for 13 years and always returns to about the same spot for this event, which usually takes place on the Saturday of Start of Summer. This year the turtle showed early, laying her eggs the morning of Tuesday, June 7. She took over two hours to lay her eggs and then tried to cross the road, but was turned back toward the river by our nature-loving friend. Nancy also gathers up the hatchling turtles as they come out of the sand and takes them safely to the Rogue River behind her house.