August 2018

July 2016

Tracking Those Smiling Faces – Megan Miller 2016

By |2021-05-06T21:34:02-05:00July 15th, 2016|Tracking, Uncategorized|

June 30, 2016 By: Megan Miller - Lead Field Technician OTCC So I landed my summer dream job this year. For the past month I've been tracking Blandings turtles for a headstart program with the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (formally known as the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre). I've been volunteering with this nonprofit for a [...]

May 2016

Tracking Turtles – Dylan Cook, May 2016

By |2021-05-06T21:34:03-05:00May 15th, 2016|Tracking, Uncategorized|

By: Dylan Cook May 16, 2016 This past week the OTCC started back up with their turtle monitoring; studying the behaviour, habitat use and survival of juvenile Blanding’s turtles in eastern Ontario. This is my first time working with turtles in the field and it has already proven to be quite the adventure. I had [...]

July 2015

For The Love of Tracking

By |2021-05-06T21:33:21-05:00July 21st, 2015|Research, Tracking, Uncategorized|

Blanding’s turtles travel quite a bit and love every type of wetland.  Some wetlands are a bit easier to traverse than others. When I am out tracking, every moment brings out a new adventure, and that’s what I love about tracking so much. There is nothing like spending your days in such circumstances as these: [...]

A New Wild Juvenile Blanding’s!

By |2021-05-06T21:33:21-05:00July 21st, 2015|Research, Tracking, Uncategorized|

Turtle season is in full swing and May is slipping away. The primary goal for this spring season was to find juvenile Blanding’s turtles. It has been a successful season so far, with the findings of two new Blanding’s Juveniles. This is no easy task, as juveniles are very good at hiding under logs, sticks, [...]

April 2015

Awakening from Winter- Headstart Turtle Survival

By |2021-05-06T21:33:21-05:00April 28th, 2015|Research, Tracking, Uncategorized|

Spring has begun and we are back 'turtling'.  It’s good to be back!!  Springtime is busy…checking on overwintering turtles, looking for new wild juveniles and doing population surveys.  My first weekend, I typically feel like I’m floating on a cloud… My excitement is boundless and my senses are honed in on all the springtime happenings.  [...]

May 2014

The 2014 Field Season Begins!

By |2021-05-06T21:33:21-05:00May 5th, 2014|Research, Tracking, Uncategorized|

It has been a while since our last post about the little Blanding's turtles that we search through the wetlands to find each week. We had an incredible season last year- every turtle that was raised at KTTC and released into the wild made it in to hibernation. Our staff and volunteers will be posting [...]

September 2013

The Art of Tracking Turtles

By |2021-05-06T21:33:21-05:00September 16th, 2013|Research, Tracking, Uncategorized|

The art of tracking turtles…let me set the mood. I have just canoed to a sweet gale swamp thicket wetland, which was where I last saw the turtle. I am standing in my canoe, antennae in hand.  I begin to point and hammer down the antennae from left to right. Listening to the sounds of [...]

August 2013

The Field Experience

By |2018-07-26T11:12:13-05:00August 26th, 2013|Research, Tracking, Uncategorized|

Field season has been in full swing for over a month now.  I have been tracking Blanding’s turtles from sunrise until sunset, driving from northwest to northeast, canoeing through lakes, marshes, swamps and fens and catching Snapping turtles, Painted turtles, Blanding’s turtles and fish.  I just can’t get enough. The field season completely consumes my [...]

The First Releases of the Season!

By |2013-08-01T12:49:15-05:00August 1st, 2013|Tracking, Uncategorized|

The weather cooperated and we were off into the swamp to release the first clutch of headstarted Blanding's turtles released this year. The transmitter weighs only 4 grams, and is attached simply with epoxy, onto the shell.  The turtles don’t notice it is there, and yet it allows us to pinpoint their location.  Here, I [...]

July 2013

KTTC Kicks off the 2013 Field Season

By |2018-07-26T11:13:35-05:00July 25th, 2013|Research, Tracking, Uncategorized|

2013 promises to be a very exciting year for field work at Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre.  With huge gratitude to the TD Friends of the Environment Fund (TD FEF), our field work has been expanded this year.  The work under the Species At Risk Stewardship Fund (SARSF) will be continued at our main field site [...]