March 2014

A New Face in the Pond: Opening our Doors

By |2014-03-25T20:19:06-05:00March 25th, 2014|Uncategorized, Volunteers|

If you’ve been following the KTTC over the last few months, you know we have been working hard on our new location. The effort is truly paying off as we prepare to open our doors to the public this Saturday, March 29 for our Grand Opening! Come out anytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. [...]

June 2012

Help KTTC Secure a Larger Space

By |2012-06-01T08:31:42-05:00June 1st, 2012|Turtle Hospital, Uncategorized|

June has arrived! All across Ontario, things started moving weeks ahead of schedule. Birds started migrating into and through the province a full three weeks early, plants bloomed early, and the water quickly warmed up. Turtle sightings have been reported since mid-March, from the moment things began warming up. Turtles across the province [...]

May 2012

KTTC Mapping Locations of Turtles Injured on Roads

By |2012-05-01T17:38:11-05:00May 1st, 2012|Research, Turtle Hospital, Uncategorized|

Snapping Turtle on a Road Shoulder (photo: Christine Jennings) Ontario has eight native turtle species, seven of which have been listed by both the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and by the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) as species at risk. Turtles [...]

February 2012

Snapping Turtle – on the road to extinction

By |2012-02-21T17:51:08-05:00February 21st, 2012|Research, Uncategorized|

Turtles and tortoises are among the most endangered group of vertebrate animals in the world: more than half of the 328 known species are threatened with extinction. In Ontario, road mortality is one of the leading threats to turtles - but it is not the only one. Despite being listed as a species of special [...]

December 2011

Time to Give Turtles a Brake

By |2011-12-15T22:33:28-05:00December 15th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Although "turtle season" has wound down and Canadian turtles have gone into hibernation, work for Kate Siena and Dr. Sue Carstairs continues. This winter there will be 191 turtles under care at the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre (KTTC). Peterborough's KTTC opened in 2002 and since then has successfully treated and released thousands of turtles back [...]

Turtles a topic of ECO’s Annual Report

By |2011-12-11T09:12:19-05:00December 11th, 2011|Uncategorized|

In this year's annual report the Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller shines a light on the government response statements issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources (on behalf of the Ontario government) under the Endangered Species Act. The statements describe the actions that the government will undertake to recover species listed under the act. In the [...]

Thank You for Continuing to Help Us Help Turtles

By |2011-12-01T09:12:19-05:00December 1st, 2011|Turtle Hospital, Uncategorized|

“Turtles are disappearing faster than any other group of animals on the planet”  - Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation We made it! Thanks to your generosity, the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre made it successfully through our busiest season on record! An unprecedented 662 turtles were admitted to KTTC compared to 242 last season – [...]

November 2011

Holiday Gift Ideas from KTTC

By |2011-11-01T09:32:30-05:00November 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|

Have someone on your list that has everything? Need that special gift to make someone smile?  How about a donation to your favourite local charity - KTTC!  Or better yet - buy them a membership or send your holiday wishes using our blank greeting cards. These funds go directly towards helping the injured and baby [...]

October 2011

Help End Hunting of Snapping Turtles in Ontario

By |2011-10-17T18:19:36-05:00October 17th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Although listed as a species of special concern both federally and provincially, snapping turtles are still legally hunted with an allowable take of up to two snapping turtles per person, per day. Ontario Nature is deeply concerned that a species at risk is legally hunted in this province. Visit their website for more information on [...]

September 2011

Ontario Nature Wants to Hear About Your Sightings!

By |2011-09-21T09:14:06-05:00September 21st, 2011|Uncategorized|

A long time member of the KTTC emailed us this wonderful photo of a Snapping Turtle on a golf course. This struck us as a perfect opportunity to remind all you turtle lovers out there that one of the most important things that anyone can do to help turtles is to report your observations to [...]

July 2011

Turtle Taxi Tripper

By |2011-07-25T09:12:19-05:00July 25th, 2011|Turtle Hospital, Uncategorized, Volunteers|

A Painted Turtle is returned home after its injuries have healed. Do you like roadtrips? How about travelling the province to help save injured turtles - or take them home once they've recovered? KTTC's turtle taxi volunteers do just that! This past season Megan travelled a total of 1400km transporting recovered turtles back [...]

June 2011

KTTC Needs Your Help to Raise $8,000

By |2011-06-28T09:14:06-05:00June 28th, 2011|Turtle Hospital, Uncategorized|

As Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre faces closure due to unprecedented numbers of injured turtles admitted, a threatened Blanding’s turtle is ready for release following one year of treatment. May 2010, a female Blanding’s turtle was seriously injured after being struck by a car while attempting to cross a road to nest. Bleeding and with her [...]