Re: Con­ser­va­tion

Se­cret soft­shell tur­tle re­lease

Canadian Wildlife - - DISPATCHES -

Spiny soft­shell isn’t the name of a cute car­toon char­ac­ter — it’s an en­dan­gered species of tur­tle (Apalone spinifera) found in south­west­ern On­tario and Que­bec. In an at­tempt to make this species a lit­tle more nu­mer­ous, con­ser­va­tion­ists re­leased 6,000 spiny soft­shell hatch­lings along the Thames River near London, On­tario.

This is the sec­ond time hatch­lings have been re­leased in the Thames: last year, 4,000 were set free in the river, as part of a longer-term cam­paign. Kaela Or­ton, a species at risk as­sis­tant at the Up­per Thames River Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity, told the CBC’S Colin But­ler that ef­forts have made a real dif­fer­ence. “We work long hours dur­ing nesting sea­son to save as many of th­ese lit­tle guys as we can, and see­ing all that hard work paid off is pretty in­cred­i­ble,” she says. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit thames­river.on.ca.

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