Important: Never disturb a natural nest! Not only is this not legal, but it can often lead to death of the eggs/hatchlings.
If you find eggs that have been accidentally been dug up or otherwise disturbed, carefully follow the steps below and contact us as soon as possible. If you have found a nesting turtle, or an intact turtle nest, DO NOT disturb it. Please see our section about turtle nests.
1. Call us at 705-741-5000. If you have to leave a voicemail, you can continue with the next steps as you wait for a callback.
2. Prepare a container or egg carton by placing about 1 inch of damp soil on the bottom, and make a small indent with your thumb for each egg.
3. BEFORE you pick up each egg, put a small dot on the upward end with a sharpie. Always keep that end facing up. It’s important not to rotate the eggs as that may cause the embryo to detach from the shell.
4. “Plant” the egg partway into the dirt or sand, into the indent you made (they don’t need to be buried) with the dot up. Leave a space between each egg so that they don’t jostle against each other while transporting.
5. Wash your hands after handling the eggs.
6. Note the location (coordinates, address, or nearest intersection) where the eggs were found to ensure they can be released according to provincial regulations.
7. Bring the eggs to us at 4-1434 Chemong Rd., Selwyn, ON. If it’s not possible for you to get them here, wait for our callback for further instructions. We have volunteer drivers all over the province who may be able to help.