Third Annual Turtle Release – August 30th in Exeter (1-5pm)

  Join the Huron Stewardship Council and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority as we release hatchling painted and snapping turtles into the wild at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (71108 Morrison Line, 2km east of Exeter, south of Hwy. 83). This event will feature interaction with live reptiles, a guided nature walk, and displays about conservation and our native reptiles. Reptile-themed merchandise will be available for purchase. Admission is free!  We will be accepting donations to raise funds for the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, the…

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A summer with the Huron Stewardship Council

A Summer With The Huron Stewardship Council Over the past summer I had the pleasure of accepting an internship with the Huron Stewardship Council (HSC), and it was a great learning opportunity! My work first began with HSC a few years ago in high school where one inspirational teacher introduced me to reptile conservation and the HSC. Over the summer months of 2017 working with HSC, I met a lot of new people in the field of environment studies and…

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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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