May 2021

We’re Building Our Forever Home!

By |2021-05-06T21:24:59-05:00May 6th, 2021|News & Updates|

Spring 2021 Dear Friends and Supporters, We have some “turtle-y” amazing news to share! Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre is building its forever home! “Where Community and Conservation Connect”  Thanks to you, we have renovated two buildings at our new site; a 100-acre farm 10 minutes from our currently leased site. This was Phase 1 [...]

August 2020

Turtles in Different Cultures, by Lisa Browning

By |2021-05-06T21:32:48-05:00August 18th, 2020|Research, Tracking|

People from all over the world can recognize a turtle, they have a distinctive appearance that intrigues us. This sparked my curiosity as to how turtles play a role in human history, throughout different cultures around the world. Blanding’s turtle. Photo taken by Lisa Browning. Most of my research has led to [...]

2020 Field Season Thus Far, by April DeJong

By |2021-05-06T21:32:48-05:00August 4th, 2020|Research, Tracking|

Hello all! As many of you know the field team is out and about tracking juvenile head-started, wild, and translocated Blanding’s turtles, via radio telemetry. We started off the 2020 season tracking 19 turtles and currently we are up to 25 individuals! This season we found a turtle that was lost in 2017, likely [...]

July 2020

June 2020

Field “Firsts,” by Anna Kramer

By |2021-05-06T21:32:48-05:00June 23rd, 2020|Research, Tracking|

Throughout my life I have always loved being outside and experiencing nature. Even to this day I am still awe-inspired by the vast outdoors and I am constantly learning. I feel very excited to be working alongside such a knowledgeable team in a fantastic environment this summer. We have only been working for about [...]

Making Connections (COVID-19 & ranavirus)

By |2021-05-06T21:32:48-05:00June 19th, 2020|Research, Tracking|

By Lisa Browning As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, it reminds me of the many diseases and viruses that animals are faced with, including turtles. Ranavirus infects amphibians, fish, and reptiles, and has been found in Ontario’s turtles. Just like how COVID-19 can be transmitted through our environments and between humans, [...]

Meet Our 2020 Field Team!

By |2021-05-06T21:32:48-05:00June 3rd, 2020|News & Updates, Research|

Hello everybody, our field team will be tracking 19 juvenile Blanding’s Turtles at our field site: 9 are wild hatched juveniles, 8 are head started juveniles (hatched and reared at the centre), 2 are translocated juveniles (turtles that were injured near the field site (hit by car etc.) and released into the field site [...]

August 2019

July 2019

Encounters, by Kelton Adderley Heron

By |2021-05-06T21:32:48-05:00July 24th, 2019|Research|

Our everyday adventures lead us to witness unique species throughout unique environments. From deep open water to shallow mud channels, over land to diminishing ephemeral pools, Blanding’s turtles travel and travel far. Most are found during such travels as their domed backs just slightly crests the surface, or as they bask in the sunlight. [...]

Hide and Seek, by April DeJong

By |2021-05-06T21:32:48-05:00July 24th, 2019|Research|

Radio tracking turtles can be thought of as the most rewarding game of hide-and-go-seek there ever was, mostly because the reward is finding a gorgeous, potentially sassy reptile. Turtles are often portrayed as slow-moving animals but boy oh boy can these little critters move. Not only do our turtles move, but they travel to [...]

June 2019

Canoeing Through Obstacles, By John Ning

By |2021-05-06T21:32:49-05:00June 13th, 2019|Research, Tracking|

While most people take a relaxing trip in the canoe and have fun with their friends and family, when the field team takes out the canoe for turtle research, it becomes a full body workout. We are all familiar with strong winds and some uncomfortable waves that prove difficult for canoeing, but [...]