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Snapping Turtle Hunt: Unsustainable

In Ontario, it is legal to hunt Snapping Turtles.  Snapping Turtles are a species at risk, and their numbers are in decline across the province.  The Huron Stewardship Council encourages sustainable resource use.  Given the long life span of turtles and their low reproductive rates, allowing the Snapping Turtle hunt to continue is NOT sustainable. The picture above compares the reproductive rates of Snapping Turtles to other game animals.  By year 17, bears have produced 25 offspring, moose 681 offspring, and…

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Turtles Helping Turtles Through Art

There is a new art exhibit in town! Turtles and snakes have created paintings to share with and inspire humans in Goderich, Ontario. The special exhibit can be found at the Goderich Co-op Gallery until the end of January. Several reptilian artists contributed to this art exhibit.  Each painting is a unique creation, painted by turtles and snakes that call Ontario home. The artists created these paintings with inspiration from nature, and the troubles of life as a reptile. Why the art exhibit? The…

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Reptile Education in the Classroom

From November 22 to December 2, 2016, Huron Stewardship Council staff visited 10 schools in and around Huron County to deliver a ‘Reptiles at Risk’ educational outreach presentation. More than 1700 students and teachers heard our presentation and had the opportunity to interact with live snakes and turtles. The presentation focused on the threats reptiles face and how people can help. Attendees learned that 7 of our 8 turtle species, 11 of our 17 snake species, and our 1 lizard…

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Tipping the scales: reptile workshop a great success

On Friday November 18th, Scales Nature Park joined us in Clinton to deliver an advanced reptile workshop.   There were approximately 50 people in attendance.  Jeff Hathaway, owner of Scales, talked about the species characteristics for identification, about their general biology, and distribution in Ontario.  Reptiles face several threats that have reduced their numbers to a concerning level.  Habitat loss, road mortality, poaching, and persecution are just a few.  There are several projects underway across Ontario, including projects led by Scales…

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Crayfish of Huron County

We here at Huron Stewardship Council like to talk about the queensnake a lot. One thing about queensnakes that is not commonly known is that they eat only crayfish, and only ones that have just moulted their hard shells (and are soft like a gummy bear). Most people don’t think too much about the humble crayfish, but they are amazing creatures in their own right, and we would like to share some information about them. In General Crayfish are crustaceans,…

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Rescued Baby Turtles Released into Morrison Dam Reservoir

  Over 130 snapping turtle hatchlings were released on Sept 1st, 2016 at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter. The turtle release event was held to raise awareness about threats turtles face, as well as raise money for the Ontario Turtle Conservation Center (OTCC). The public was invited to come and release a baby turtle in exchange for a donation to the OTCC. All the turtle hatchlings were from eggs that were either laid in unsuitable locations, or…

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Turtle release September 1st!

You are invited to help release turtle hatchlings, and learn more about local turtles Eggs from species-at-risk Snapping Turtles recovered, incubated; Local people can release Snapping Turtle hatchlings into wild on September 1 in exchange for donation to Turtle Conservation Centre Local people have a rare chance to release local species-at-risk turtle hatchlings into the wild. Those who want to release a Snapping Turtle hatchling or learn more about local turtles are invited to visit the Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 2…

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