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One woman’s quest to save turtles as they cross the street

Ruby says that as people build houses in turtle habitats, what she can do is help them cross many streets to their nesting grounds.

Lake of the Pines, California — Those who strengthen Northern California are those who inspire us and make our community the perfect place to live. wants to emphasize their strengths by recognizing what they are doing. This week we’re introducing Gemaldi, also known as the “Turtle Lady”.

When you drive to the Lake of the Pines gated community, you’ll see speed warnings everywhere. According to Ruby, these are not only for the safety of pedestrians, but also for the safety of slow-moving wildlife.

“This is when females have to leave the water to build their nests,” Ruby said.

Neighbors call Ruby a “turtle lady” for good reason. Over the last six years, Ruby has put a lot of effort into warning drivers about turtle crossings by installing handmade signs that warn the drive to monitor turtle crossings.

“It all started when I saw a turtle crushed on the road,” Ruby said. “They cross the road and be overrun each year from May to July to build their nests.”

Ruby receives a lot of calls during this time to pick up and remove crossing turtles. Often, the turtle that crosses the road is actually the red-eared slider that invades California.

“This invasive species is among the top 100 most invasive species in the world,” says Ruby.

The only natural turtle in California is the Western Pond Turtle that crosses these roads. The red-eared slider was transplanted to Lake Pines many years ago and is now competing with and killing native species.

“I will pick them up and take them to the sanctuary of the red-eared slider, where they can all be together and leave the western pond turtle alone,” Ruby said.

Ruby says that as people build houses in turtle habitats, what she can do is help them cross many streets to their nesting grounds.

“Probably like the four crossroads, a feat that challenges death when you’re late.”

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