Conservation Through Education: Reptile Outreach Changes Attitudes

Another season over, another month of species at risk outreach completed, a new batch of reptile ambassadors ready to help a turtle or snake cross the road. Huron Stewardship Council staff (myself, Monique Aarts, Lauren Schmuck) and our loyal volunteer Bill Dineen, embarked on a mission this fall to reach most schools in and around Huron County with a science-based Reptiles at Risk educational outreach program. The hour-long presentation used live, native reptiles and taught students about the risks to…

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“Wildlife Crossing” signs to be put up in Huron County

One of the HSC’s many land stewardship goals is to protect wildlife by preserving natural habitat, supporting biodiversity, and increasing the connectedness of our natural areas. To help achieve this goal, we have undertaken a pilot project to erect twelve “wildlife crossing” signs within Huron County. The signs feature the silhouette of a turtle and a snake and reminds drivers to slow down and drive with caution in areas where reptiles (turtles and snakes) are known to cross the road.…

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Lauren’s Queensnake field report

The month of September represents a time of change. The leaves begin to turn colour as they prepare to fall from the trees. Summer comes to an end as children head back to school for another year of learning. As animals like Queensnakes begin to prepare for their winter hibernation, this signals the end of a great season of “herping” for the staff at the Huron Stewardship Council. Hi! My name is Lauren Schmuck. I am a Species at Risk Technician…

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Turtle Hatchling Release Unites a Community; Aids an Injured Cyclist

On Aug 19th, 138 snapping turtle hatchlings were released into the Maitland River in honor of Wingham biology teacher and nature lover, Julie Sawchuk. It was almost a year ago that Julie found an injured female snapping turtle hit by a car. She stepped into action, secured the turtle in a ventilated container, and called me. The turtle was paralyzed mid body down and unfortunately had to be euthanized. Luckily, her back end was unscathed and we were able to…

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Conservation through Education: Reptile Workshop in Huron County a Great Success!

Over 30 people came out to learn about reptiles at risk in Huron County Sunday July 19th at the Hullett Provincial Conservation Area as Scales Nature Park staff presented an interactive hands-on program. The excellent two and a half hour advanced workshop taught local residents how to identify reptile species, learn about their biology and conservation status, and identify threats to reptiles in Ontario. The workshop was a great opportunity to learn more about species you and your kids can…

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Reptiles at Risk – Advanced Workshop

Join us on July 19th, 2015, from 10:30 to 2 pm for a FREE workshop at the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area. The interactive workshop features live animals, many of which are species at risk, in which participants are trained to touch and hold as they become more familiar with these species. It is a great opportunity to increase reptile knowledge and gain hands-on experience with these secretive creatures. It may also be beneficial for you and your members to become familiar with…

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Why did the Turtle Cross the Road?

Why did the Turtle Cross the Road? Spring is one of my favourite times of year. The birds are singing, the vegetation is blooming, and baby animals are ubiquitous. Life is in the air! It is also the time of year that turtles come out of their winter hibernation, find a mate (or five), and make the trek out of the water to find a suitable place to lay their eggs. As natural habitat is continually diminishing, turtles may have…

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Huron Perth Agriculture and Water Festival 2015

Donna and Marg from the Huron Stewardship Council had another great year at the Huron Perth Agriculture and Water Festival (HPAWF).  This is a fun and educational event that provides grade four students hands on learning opportunities about agriculture and water; their importance in our local environment and role in our everyday lives.  The HSC’s activity this year was called the Pioneer Water Race.  The main messages in the Pioneer Water Race are: A fresh, clean water supply is necessary…

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‘An Oasis in our Backyard’

We were so pleased to speak at the latest Maitland Trail Association event.  Rachel White (Stewardship Coordinator, HSC) teamed up with Jennifer McCarter from the Nature Conservancy of Canada to talk about the wild and wonderful features of the Maitland River.  From the physical geography of the river valley, to rare arctic species, and ancient cedars along the Maitland River, the presentation generated some great discussion. If you’d like to get more involved with the Huron Stewardship Council, we are looking for…

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