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1 Saving Ontario Turtles A Race Against Time

2 Species at Risk (SAR) Categories: Extinct Extirpated Endangered (Regulated) Endangered (Not Regulated) Threatened Special Concern Under Review

3 Ontario Has 8 Turtle Species: Blanding’s Turtle Map Turtle Painted Turtle Snapping Turtle Spiny Softshell Turtle Spotted Turtle Stinkpot (Common Musk) Turtle Wood Turtle

4 Blanding’s Turtle: Threatened Emys (Emydoidea) blandingii

5 Map Turtle: Special Concern Graptemys geographica

6 Painted Turtle: Not at Risk Chrysemys picta bellii

7 Snapping Turtle: Under Review Chelydra serpentina

8 Spiny Softshell Turtle: Threatened Apalone spinifera

9 Spotted Turtle: Endangered (Not Regulated) Clemmys guttata

10 Stinkpot (Common Musk Turtle): Threatened Sternotherus odoratus

11 Wood Turtle: Threatened Glyptemys (Clemmys) insculpta

12 Defining Species At Risk (SAR): decreased population extinction without protection extinction in natural range recovery plan required

13 Ontario turtles are at-risk due to: road-kills loss of habitat pollution and climate change disease

14 Road-kill is the #1 reason that turtles are at-risk in Ontario!

15 If you find a turtle on the road: slow down avoid hitting it carry it in direction it was traveling transport it to wetland

16 Only 1% of all Ontario turtles eggs survive to adulthood!

17 Threats to turtle egg survival: animal predators dogs cold weather development natural disasters

18 Turtles leave their home pond to: find a mate of same species find an unrelated mate shrinking wetland find a nesting site

19 Turtle habitat protection means: reducing pollution preventing fragmentation protect habitat (set it aside) conserve habitat (restrict human use) reducing green house gases

20 Help save Ontario turtles: no pet turtles join conservation clubs erect crossing signs tell family and friends

21 Saving Ontario turtles protects: biodiversity positive values folklore and traditions nature’s food chain

22 Turtles are important to Ontario’s natural and cultural heritage: biodiversity positive values folklore and traditions support food chain

23 All recovery actions can make a difference for Ontario Turtles. DO YOUR PART!

24 Video Gallery

25 VIDEO: Mature female snapping turtle laying eggs.

26 VIDEO: Mature female snapping turtle covering nest.

27 VIDEO: Mature wood turtle walking along roadway and into tall grass.

28 VIDEO: Two snapping turtles walking over rocks and into tall grasses.

29 Concept: Treena Hein and Betty Biesenthal Illustrations: Graham Ross Photography: Daryl Coulson, Clayton Rollins, Scott Gillingwater Video: Daryl Coulson Programming: Jeff Fox Design House | Jeffco Productions Turtle Profiles: Metro Toronto Zoo Assistance for this project was provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources © Friends of Bonnechere Parks 2008 To learn more, visit: Be sure to take the interactive quiz to test your understanding of Ontario turtles, and help turtles beat the odds by playing the interactive turtle game. Produced in collaboration with the Renfrew County Stewardship Council.


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