September 2021

Where the Wildlife Are: Part 1, by Marc Whipp

By |2021-09-23T11:39:20-05:00September 23rd, 2021|Research, Tracking|

Before starting the field technician position for the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, I expected to see plenty of turtles with the odd wildlife encounter while out in the field. To my surprise and delight, in the first few weeks alone, we saw more wildlife than I have seen through an entire summer in past [...]

July 2021

Spring Salamanders, by Maureen Jackson

By |2021-07-30T09:43:57-05:00July 30th, 2021|Research, Tracking|

Spring 2021 One of my favourite parts of spring is seeing everything outside starting to wake up. I love hearing the birds coming back from their migrations over winter, seeing the spring flowers popping up from the ground and all the new critters that were just born.  When the field crew is out searching [...]

May 2021

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 [...]

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 [...]