May 2009

Understanding the Ontario Endangered Species Act, 2007

By |2009-05-01T19:13:08-04:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) was passed into law in 2007, and came into force on June 30, 2008. Compared to previous legislation, this new law more than triples the number of species and habitats that are protected. Of the 30,000 species that are native to Ontario, more than 180 are at risk. The [...]

Turtle Crossing Signs

By |2009-05-01T19:11:17-04:00May 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|

There may be no bigger threat to Ontario's turtles than that of busy roads and highways. Countless turtles every year are run over and killed on Ontario's roads. 6 of 8 turtle species are threatened, and those most often killed are females travelling to nesting areas. The loss of females in particular is devastating to [...]

January 2009

Spotlight on the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

By |2009-01-29T18:50:57-04:00January 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|

This young snapper just hatched, thanks to the sharp egg tooth still visible on the end of its snout. (courtesy of R. Dolson) The Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre would like to pay homage this month to the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). In 2008, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada [...]