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Welcome to Hayleigh, AAPs new co-op student!

The Adopt-A-Pond Team is very excited to welcome Hayleigh from Dunbarton Highschool. Hayleigh has been working hard to care for the hatchling and juvenile turtles as part of our headstart project, and tracking… Continue reading

My Co-op experience at the Toronto Zoo – by Kylie Riches

My name is Kylie Riches and I have been a Co-op student here at the Zoo since February. I go to Dunbarton High School in Pickering, ON. These past few months have been… Continue reading

Meet Raymond!

Meet Raymond! He is an adult Blanding’s turtle that our field team found mating with Clementine. You may remember Clementine from one of our previous posts. She is an adult Blanding’s turtle from… Continue reading

Partnering with Barrick Gold

The Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme would like to acknowledge the Barrick Gold Corporation for providing support for wetland conservation and programming over the past year. Barrick Gold is committed to supporting communities around… Continue reading

Blanding’s Turtle Tracking in Winter by Kylie Riches

Most people think of field work as a summer activity, but we do it year-round! In March, Adopt-A-Pond staff visited Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP) to track Clementine, an adult Blanding’s turtle from… Continue reading

What’s that croaking under the ice? It’s Winter Frogs! – By Matt Ellerbeck

When one thinks of encountering wildlife in Ontario, the winter months don’t exactly spring to mind. With the cold temperatures and often considerable snow-pact, many animals are hunkered down. This is especially true… Continue reading

Conferencing in chilly Cleveland

In January 2019, Adopt-A-Pond’s Katherine Wright and Crystal Robertson had the pleasure of attending the 79th Midwest Fish and Wildlife conference in Cleveland, Ohio. This conference brings together fish and wildlife managers, graduate… Continue reading

Wetland restoration at Toronto Zoo

This year, Adopt-A-Pond (AAP) has been restoring and enhancing two wetland areas on Zoo site with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and provincial funding from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund and… Continue reading

Turtle nesting beach construction at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

This fall, Adopt-A-Pond (AAP) staff and the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC) staff and volunteers constructed a nesting beach for turtles living in the wetlands at the sanctuary. Funding was provided by the… Continue reading

Turtle Tally and FrogWatch Appreciation Day 2018

Last Saturday, November 24, Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond hosted their annual FrogWatch and Turtle Tally Appreciation Day to thank the over 787 citizen scientist observers who participated in the programmes in 2018. Since the… Continue reading