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Volunteer To Help Create Turtle Habitat

Basking logs are an important part of turtle habitat.
Join us Saturday, April 28th at Washago Centennial park and learn more about Species At Risk reptiles in our region and see how we can all do our part to ensure their future.

10:00am, Saturday April 28th,

Turtles get a boost to their habitat

Join us Saturday, April 28th at Washago Centennial Park and learn more about Species At Risk reptiles in our region and see how we can all do our part to ensure their future.

Turtles in Ontario have had some bad breaks in the past few years.  Seven of the eight species are listed as Species At Risk meaning that their populations have declined.  Habitat loss is one of the reasons for this decline; wetlands and shoreline areas have been altered for human activity in many parts of our area waterways.

But the turtles in the north end of Lake Couchiching are getting some much-needed help.  Through the efforts of a project coordinated by the Couchiching Conservancy and Parks Canada, enhancements to the habitat near Washago Centennial Park will benefit the local turtle population.

Last year, nesting sites were created on a protected side of a channel and this spring basking logs will be placed in a marshy area near the shore.  Basking in the sun provides numerous health benefits to the turtles.  It’s also an excellent opportunity for people to see these unique creatures close up.

On April 28th, a team of experts from Scales Nature Park will locate the perfect placement of the logs and they, along with volunteers, will install the logs and secure them in place.

Scales Nature Park staff will also provide an exciting and informative session on reptile and amphibians and of course have some of their live animals to help out.

There will also be new interpretive signs installed at the new viewing platform containing information on the importance of habitat protection, Species At Risk, and Turtles found in our area.

Meet us at 10:00am at the new viewing platform at Washago Centennial Park; bring the family!

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