Illustrated sea turtle image

Click here to print the July 2011 calendar and bookmark

Especially with my perfectionist tendencies, this business of creating a new calendar page every month is a bit more work than I bargained for, which led to a June without a calendar page in my office. But we’re back this month, highlighting the plight of the sea turtle. July’s illustration is inspired by an image of a hawksbill turtle from the Melina Beach Turtle Hatchery, who work to protect sea turtle eggs and nests on Tioman Island, Malaysia.

Marine turtles have lived in the oceans for over 100 million years, and of the 7 species of sea turtles, 6 are found in U.S. waters: green, hawksbill, Kemp’s ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and olive ridley. The 7th species, the flatback sea turtle, is found only in Australia.

According to the WWF, six of the seven species of marine turtles are listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered due to threats like pollution, habitat changes due to beach development, natural predators, over-harvesting eggs, and fatal interactions with humans (from things like marine debris, entanglement in commercial fishing gear, boat strikes and poaching).

To learn more about what you can do to protect these majestic creatures, visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the WWF, or Google “sea turtle conservation” to find organizations working to save these species from extinction.

printing instructions

  1. Print at 100% on heavy weight paper (e.g. cardstock)
  2. Trim vertically along the left edge of the bookmark (leaving an even white border around the calendar); finish the bookmark by trimming off the remaining white borders.
  3. Fold bookmark in half and  glue both sides together. For additional panache you might want to punch a hole at top and add a ribbon or tassel of your choice.
  4. Hang your calendar, tuck your bookmark into a great beach read, and enjoy!