What You Cand Do
Virtually every turtle conservation project we profiled in this article depends on local volunteers: they couldn’t accomplish anything without amateur nest monitoring, at-risk diversions, lobbying and other essential activities. Reporting sightings is a huge part of any successful campaign to save turtles and the more eyes on the lookout the better. Some provinces have centralized databases with some high-tech solutions: the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, for instance, has both an online presence and an app for quick easy ways to report all sightings. This initiative, and others like it across the country, are not emergency response services but do play vital roles in decision-making, planning, and allocating resources for road mitigation and other crucial activities. And you can submit your observations to inaturalist.ca as well. With multiple programs and resources, the Canadian Wildlife Federation website (cwf-fcf.org) is an excellent place to start.