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Freshwater Turtles

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Role in Freshwater Turtle Conservation The Canadian Wildlife Federation continues to work with regional partners, community groups, lake associations and individuals to reduce risks to turtles. We continue to carry out on the ground surveys to document at-risk turtle locations and HELP PROTECT their habitat. We have also undertaken an analysis…

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Incurable ranavirus discovered in Ontario turtles

This spring a snapping turtle found in Hamilton’s Cootes Paradise was confirmed to have been infected with ranavirus. This potentially devastating virus has killed numerous amphibians, but this is the first time a Canadian reptile has been infected. What causes ranavirus and how is it transmitted? Ranavirus is an infectious DNA virus known to infect…

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Turtles: Canada’s culture in a shell

Blanding’s turtle, Frontenac Arch Natural Area, ON (Photo by Ryan M. Bolton) May 23, 2018 | by Raechel Bonomo It was a gloomy day in southern Ontario. Although the canoe I paddled in was quiet, the landscape — filled with croaks and chirping — was anything but. Ten feet away, a small creature emerged from the glass-like water to stretch its tiny head from…

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To breathe or not to breathe, that is the question.

What would happen if you were submerged in a pond where the water temperature hovered just above freezing and the surface was capped by a lid of ice for 100 days? Well, obviously you’d die. And that’s because you’re not as cool as a turtle. And by cool I don’t just mean amazing, I mean…

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Digital BioBlitz: Results are in!

Digital BioBlitz: Results are in! To encourage people to submit their reptile and amphibian sightings using the new atlas app, Ontario Nature launched a digital BioBlitz – a new take on the traditional BioBlitz. Our goal was to reach 6,000 sightings by July 31st – we made it!! In July, we reached more than 5,630!…

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State of emergency for turtles

Take action for turtles on Ontario roads Dear advocates for nature, As dedicated nature lovers, many of you have seen the influx of turtles on Ontario roads this year – alive, injured and dead. After a colder than normal winter, turtles did not emerge from their overwintering grounds as early as usual. That coupled with…

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Crunch time for snapping turtles (and bullfrogs)!

https://ontarionature.thankyou4caring.org/crunch-time-for-snapping-turtles-and-bullfrogs?erid=1997827&trid=420dff16-4301-4959-a874-e7384f7bf1f0 It’s crunch time. After years of dithering, Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is poised to make a critical decision about the hunting of snapping turtles. Lamentably, the ministry is proposing to continue the hunt, with the addition of some restrictions. Regardless of added restrictions, the continuation of the hunt runs contrary…

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Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app

Spring is here!!! Well…according to the calendar anyway! Soon enough, the snow and ice will melt, and as it does, many of our resident turtles, salamanders, snakes and frogs will emerge from their hibernacula and begin their summer’s wandering. As many of you may already know, Ontario Nature has a Reptile and Amphibian Atlas underway.…

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Effective Placement of Road Mitigation Using Lessons Learned from Turtle Crossing Signs in Ontario

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by Kari E. Gunson, Eco-Kare International, 644 Bethune Street, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, K9H 4A3, kegunson@eco-kare.com and Frederick W. Schueler, Bishops Mills Natural History Centre, R.R. #2, Bishops Mills, Ontario, Canada, KOG 1T0, bckcdb@istar.ca To counteract road-kill, a direct consequence of road-wildlife interactions, transportation planners and wildlife biologists are working together to find solutions. Historically, transportation…

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