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Bat Myths 101

This week we will be debunking some common myths about bats. These incredible winged creatures often get misrepresented in the media and we would like to take this week to set the record straight. Hopefully you’ll learn something new! 

Meet the Bat Team! #WingedWednesdays

Welcome back to #WingedWednesdays!

This week, we’re going to introduce you to the team behind the Toronto Zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Program (NBCP). We’re a small team, but we work hard to protect Ontario’s bats to get the word out about how cool they are!

Turtle Island Turtle Teachings

Join us on our blog page to learn all about Turtle Island!

World Turtle Weekend

Written by Katie Zajac, all photos by Tharusha Wijewardena What’s a better way to get into World Turtle Weekend than by learning about turtle surveys?! My name is Katie Zajac and I am a Master of Environmental Science… Continue reading

Introducing the Native Bat Conservation Program and #WingedWednesdays! 🦇🦇🦇

Welcome to our new summer batty blog guest series #WingedWednesdays, courtesy of Adopt-A-Pond! We are the Toronto Zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Program (NBCP), and we strive to conserve all eight species of bats in Ontario. We do this… Continue reading

What is the First Sign of Spring?

By Courtney Leermakers It’s that time of year again, when outside temperatures slowly begin to increase so you decide to go for a walk near your neighborhood pond. You’re humming to the beat… Continue reading

2021 ILRM Conference: Our Thoughts and Gratitude

The Adopt-A-Pond (AAP) Team was honoured to virtually attend the annual Indigenous Lands and Resource Management Conference, hosted by Magnetawan First Nation and the Georgian Bay Biosphere. This conference took place from April… Continue reading

Introducing our new Technicians

Hi there, our names are Lisa Browning and Courtney Leermakers and we are excited to join the Adopt-A-Pond team for the next 35-weeks as Wetland Conservation Technicians! We are also joined by Christine Drader who is from the Turtle… Continue reading

Winter wetland adventures – how do researchers study reptiles in the winter?

By Tharusha Wijewardena My name is Tharusha Wijewardena and I am a PhD Candidate at Laurentian University. I am collaborating with the Toronto Zoo Adopt-A-Pond team to study the winter ecology of freshwater turtles in Rouge National… Continue reading

Monitoring & Mitigating Road Mortality

Each year, from spring to fall, Adopt-A-Pond staff go out in pairs to look for animals along the roads near the Toronto Zoo. The team walks up and down the road looking for any animals… Continue reading