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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It’s in our nature: BioBlitz 2016 results

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the BioBlitz on June 25th at Ontario Nature‘s George G. Newton Reserve.  It was a hot day, but beautiful tromping around the woodland looking for plants and critters.  The hiking paths had been cleared this spring by the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists, who steward the property.  In the morning we split into two groups: a group looking for plants, and another for reptiles and amphibians. In the afternoon Tom Lobb, a local…

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Join us for Bioblitz 2016

On Saturday June 25th, the Huron Stewardship Council will be cohosting a free all ages event called a ‘bioblitz’ with Ontario Nature and the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists.  You are invited to join expert biologists for a hike at the George G. Newton Reserve, where you’ll learn about local plants and animals. This event is great for families, amateur naturalists, hikers, … really, everyone who is interested in learning more about nature! In a bioblitz, our goal is to identify…

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World Turtle Day Fundraiser Drew Crowds to Goderich Square; Raised Much Needed Funds for Turtle Hospital

In honour of World Turtle Day, the Huron Stewardship Council staff organized a fundraiser on the May long weekend to raise funds for the Ontario Turtle Conservation Center and to raise awareness about turtles on the road this time of the year. Our booth at the Goderich Square featured live native turtles and snakes, and original turtle paintings (created by some of Ontario’s turtles!). We spoke to thousands of people over the course of two days, and handed out turtle…

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Back to Blacker: tree planting May 7

Where?  Blacker Property on Highway 8 (Huron Road), 5 km from Goderich.  The property is owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). When?  May 7, 2016, 11:30am to 3pm To register, click here. Join NCC, HSC, and Maitland Valley Conservation Authority staff on Saturday May 7th as we go ‘Back to Blacker‘ to continue our restoration of a former agricultural field to a beautiful mixed forest characteristic of the Lower Maitland River Valley. By planting native deciduous trees to augment the…

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Lower Maitland River Video

Our friends at the Lower Maitland Stewardship Group have produced a video showcasing the breathtaking views of the Lower Maitland River – one of the healthiest river systems in Southern Ontario.  Below is an excerpt from their website. As the river twists and turns through Ontario’s West Coast, the sights you can see from your canoe, paddle board, or along the 50 km of trails are stunning! We know all who experience it agree that the Lower Maitland is a gem…

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