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So far OTCC Field Team has created 32 blog entries.

July 2019

Hide and Seek, by April DeJong

By |2021-05-06T21:32:48-04:00July 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 |2021-05-06T21:32:49-04:00June 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 [...]

May 2019

October 2018

The End of a Great Field Season

By |2021-05-06T21:32:49-04:00October 30th, 2018|Outreach, Research, Tracking|

With the days getting shorter and cool weather settling in, the field season has come to an end! We have been diligently tracking juvenile Blanding’s turtles using radio telemetry equipment in several beautiful bogs, marshes, fens, and vernal pools. Our field team was led by Toby Rowland, and included Kelton Adderley-Heron, Kirstin Pellerin, and [...]

August 2018

The Little Things in Field Work

By |2021-05-06T21:34:02-04:00August 28th, 2018|Research, Tracking, Uncategorized|

There are many things that can go wrong and tamper with our day, things that can make getting through a day a lot harder than it needs to be. And, sometimes, there are what we like to call “The Little Things”. These are the things that help bring a smile to our face after [...]

July 2018

The Wetlands we Track and Travel Through

By |2021-05-06T21:34:02-04:00July 25th, 2018|Research, Uncategorized|

The quaking bog, my favourite type of wetland to work in. It ripples when stepped on as a soft Sphagnum layer starts to sink underfoot. This is a landscape of moss, pitcher plants, shrubs and cotton grass fields; darted with stunted tamaracks. Deep channels have been carved around the edges the bog as it shifts [...]

From Volunteer to Field Work

By |2021-05-06T21:34:02-04:00July 25th, 2018|Research, Uncategorized|

Weighing a snapping turtle - summer, 2010 Almost a decade ago, while studying at Fleming College, one of my classmates talked a lot about an organization she volunteered for that focused on the rehabilitation of native turtles. The organization was then called Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre and had recently moved to a location [...]