A new population of Blanding’s turtles has been discovered!!

Thanks to the efforts of an amazing group of volunteers from the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute in Nova Scotia, a fourth previously unknown population of Blanding’s turtles has been discovered in Nova Scotia. A small but dedicated group of volunteers began their extensive search after a local fisherman reported sightings of Blanding’s turtles in the area. The discovery of this population is exciting and great news for the Blanding’s turtle, which is listed as endangered in Nova Scotia, threatened in Ontario and globally endangered according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List. For more information about this new discovery, click here. If you would like to get involved by reporting turtle sightings in your area, sign up for the Ontario Turtle Tally or contact us for more information!

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Blanding’s turtle, with its’ distinctive yellow throat and domed shell. Photo courtesy of Don Scallen.

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