PROTECTING FRESHWATER TURTLES
Freshwater turtles are one of the most endangered groups of animals in Canada. In collaboration with Scales Nature Park in Muskoka, we deliver the S.T.A.R.T (Saving Turtles At Risk Today) program. We also launched the Eastern Ontario freshwater turtle program. In 2017, together we set another record for incubation of eggs from at risk turtle nests with 4517 hatchlings produced — 800 more than last year. Through research into turtle hotspots, we discovered three areas where turtles are most at risk of being hit by vehicles and reported the areas to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation who will mitigate the worst location. By identifying Blanding’s Turtles sites, our findings resulted in approximately 35 km2 of wetland being protected.