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. [...]
At the KTTC we love St. Patrick’s Day. We might not celebrate with green beer, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have some fun! There are two reasons in particular that this holiday is so important to us. First, we happen to have a resident snapper named Paddy. The name comes from Irish origins and [...]
With glimpses of Spring all around us, I suddenly realized how quickly time is flying. I am already well past the halfway point in my time with the KTTC, and I have learned so much! I'll admit I was a little nervous at the beginning because of my lack of turtle knowledge, but I have [...]
As March begins the temperature has stayed right where it has been all winter – somewhere between “brrr” and “I can’t feel my face!” Today when I arrived at the KTTC my car’s display told me it was -20 outside. This frosty weather might be making me move a little slower, but it did get [...]
I’m sure many of you saw our recent Facebook post announcing that the City of Kawartha Lakes supports a ban on the Snapping Turtle hunt. This was amazing news! But to be honest, I was a little shocked. I couldn’t believe how an animal listed as a Species at Risk could still be hunted legally. [...]
More than 10,000 have now signed the Friends of Ontario Snapping Turtles Petition to ban hunting of the species in Ontario. Read more at the Orillia Packet & Times.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator Kate Siena appeared on CP24's Animal House Calls on August 16th! Watch the episode to learn more about why snappers "snap" and learn other fun facts about turtles.