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IT'S NESTING SEASON AND TURTLES ARE EVERYWHERE!
Turtles are most frequently observed in June, during the height of their nesting season. Females are often found crossing roads to reach traditional nesting sites or laying eggs in the gravel along roads. Seven of the eight species of turtle in Ontario have been designated as “species at risk”.
Roads have been built through several of the remaining wetlands, and as a result road mortality is now a major threat to turtles. The majority of the turtles killed by cars are adult females on their way to or from nesting sites, which means that fewer eggs are laid every year and there is an even smaller chance that those killed by cars will be replaced in the future. (Except from the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre website).
Please watch for turtles attempting to cross the road, or along roadsides!
If you have found an injured turtle CALL the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre (KTTC) at 705-741-5000.
If a turtle is NOT injured, please remember:
- DO NOT remove a turtle from their area – it reduces their chances of survival. If you find an uninjured turtle in the middle of a road simply help it across the road in the direction it is moving.
- DO NOT dig up nests to protect the eggs – you may damage the eggs AND it is against the law. Tips on how you can help nesting turtles here.
- KTTC is primarily volunteer-run, we do not have a pick-up service.
- The centre accepts injured native turtles only – NOT unwanted pets.
For more information: kawarthaturtle.org/blog/about/drop-off/
While it may feel like winter will never end, spring really isn't that far off. The best way to make it come more quickly is to start thinking about the great native species you can get planted in your garden.
This year's Native Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 10th from 9am - 12pm, with pick up locations in Bracebridge and Huntsville.
New this year, we are featuring an online order form that can be completed online. This will reserve the plants (as the paper form has in past years) and you will be able to pay for your plants when you pick them up.
If you prefer a paper form, you can pick one up at the Muskoka Conservancy office (47 Quebec Street, Bracebridge) or print off this PDF. Paper forms can be dropped off at the office, sent in by fax (705-645-7888) or emailed to email@example.com.
ORDERING DEADLINE: Monday, May 5th, 2014.
If you have any questions or would like to place an order by phone, please call Christina at 705-645-7393 x200
Availability of species may change without notice.
Bring the Report Card to life so Muskoka lovers can engage with scientific data on the health of our lakes, forests, and wetlands in a simple & meaningful way.
REGISTER NOW for the FOCA Annual General Meeting & Spring Seminar on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at Hart House, University of Toronto main campus. (8:30am - 3:30pm) Space is limited.
Congratulations to Dianna Armstrong for taking on the role of President of the WLCA. She has been responsible for Memberships for many years, but now that she has agreed to take on the Presidency, I have taken over Membership responsibility from her.
I will be designing a new membership form for 2014 and hope to provide an option for members to pay their membership fee electronically.
In an effort to reduce costs and increase timeliness, I will also be communicating via email with those members who are comfortable with electronic communication.
If you have any questions or comments relating to membership, please feel free to contact me.
Wishing you a wonderful 2014 cottage season.
The FOCA Fall Meeting will be held on Saturday November 2nd and will include:
> FOCA updates for waterfront property owners & associations:
- important changes to government policy and regulations
- news from the FOCA network
- an update about ONCA, the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
> guest speaker Bob Sandford, "Water Woes: Higher Highs & Lower Lows" on changing climate and extreme weather. Bob is the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations "Water for Life" Decade. He was recently honoured by Venture Magazine as one of Alberta's 50 most influential people of 2013.
$40 per person
includes 1 free entry ticket to the Fall Cottage Life Show next door in Hall #5 at the Toronto International Centre