2015 Turtle Workshop
On Saturday July 4th the WLCA hosted a stewardship workshop for all the kids (and 'young-at-heart') at Wood Lake. The theme for this year's workshop was "Turtles" and the goal was to teach kids about some of the native reptile species in Ontario, what threats face the animals, and how they can help. Scales Nature Park delivered a fantastic and engaging live-animal presentation to a crowd of about 70 people. The staff from the park delighted the audience with 4 different types of native snake species (gartersnake, milksnake, hog-nosed snake and black ratsnake), as well as 3 different native turtle species (Blanding's turtle, spotted turtle, and a snapping turtle). Kids got a chance to hold some friendly corn snakes and pet the Blanding's turtle. Following the presentation, a hearty crowd of nearly 25 kids came out to the Bingo Hall to paint their own concrete turtle garden ornament. Turtles of all colours from the life-like colours of green and grey, to pink and bright blue resulted!
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Ontario Wildlife Rescue has the goal of connecting people who have found injured or orphaned wild animals with those who can look after them and get them back into the wilds. Through a network of rehabilitators (government term for people who help wild animals) and wildlife rescue centres across Ontario they try to save as many wild animals as possible. Whereas most humane societies and animal control locations are not geared for wildlife animals and may put them down if you take them there. Visit www.ontariowildliferescue.ca for more details.
MuskokaRegion.com offers tips on what to do if you find a sick, injured or abandoned wild animal.
The Ministry of Natural Resources is committed to reducing preventable causes of human-bear conflict in Ontario. The Bear Wise Program teaches people about black bears as well as things they can do to keep bears away from urban and semi urban areas.
Canadian Wildlife Federation: Fantastic seasonal gardening guides and free resources on how to protect Canadian wildlife!
Invasive species threaten Ontario’s biodiversity and the health of our lakes, forests, and wetlands. Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program provides information on invaders and programs to stop the spread.
Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Click for information on how to report sightings of rare species (animals and plants) in Ontario.
Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (home of Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre) is a registered charity whose goal is to protect and conserve Ontario’s native turtles and the habitat in which they live.
Muskoka Wildlife Centre has closed its doors.
Speaking of Wildlife is Canada’s largest live animal outreach company and has been delivering hands-on wildlife education since 1989. Many of the animals from the Muskoka Wildlife Centre now contribute to Speaking of Wildlife.
Help Ontario Track Invasive Species!
Reporting invasive species has become easier with the new online and mobile App for Android and Apple devices. If you see an invasive species, simply take a picture with your mobile device and report it. It's that simple!
The App also allows you to search for data and distribution maps, get email alerts and learn about more than 150 invasive species. The data collected will help with Early Detection and Rapid Response efforts. The data may also be used to report on the Invasive Species indicator in future Muskoka Watershed Report Cards.
The App was developed by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Invasive Species Centre and the University of Georgia Centre for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. (Excerpt taken from the April 2014 Muskoka Watershed Council e-blast).