Alien Invaders: Phragmites

The Suspect European Common Reed Phragmites australis australis Known Whereabouts Phragmites australis americanus, the native subspecies of common reed, has historically grown in wetlands throughout the temperate zones in Canada. The European common… Continue reading

Salamanders in Crisis!

An Overview of Why Salamander Conservation is Needed by Matt Ellerbeck, Salamander Conservationist Although they are rarely given much thought, and often overlooked when they are, salamanders are in a terrible crisis. Around… Continue reading

Blanding’s Headstart Update

Our headstart Blanding’s turtles are doing very well! When our little guys hatched in August their average weight was around 10g. Today they weigh a healthy 18g, and are even starting to develop… Continue reading

2% of Drivers Swerved to Hit The Turtle

A student from Clemson University in South Carolina ran a project to find out how dangerous the local roads were for crossing turtles. The student put a realistic turtle model in the middle… Continue reading

World Wetlands Day Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Americas Pavilion

World Wetlands Day Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Americas Pavilion Celebrate the wonderful and wacky world of wetland creatures and join in some conservation fun with the Adopt-A-Pond Programme… Continue reading

Winter is here and many of you may be wondering: how does a cold blooded reptile, like a turtle, survive Canada’s winter months?

Hibernation for Ontario’s turtles begins in October when cooler weather begins to slow their metabolism. Metabolism controls the amount of oxygen and food energy used by reptiles and amphibians. Heat speeds up metabolism… Continue reading

Help the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital

Our friends at the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital (GBTH) need your support. They are hoping to obtain $100K in funding from the Aviva Community Fund competition to convert a small airplane hangar into… Continue reading

Kids Like Turtles Too

Drawing of a Turtle, by Clairice (age 9) Post-it reads: Turtles are good — they swim good because they help the environment of water. — Don’t hurt the turtles! signed Clairice.

Ontario Herps

Photo by Jennifer Howard Ontario Turtle Tallier since 2007

6th Annual FrogWatch and Turtle Tally Participant Appreciation Day

On November 3rd, 2012, Turtle Talliers and FrogWatchers from across the province gathered for a fun-filled day of presentations from frog and turtle stewards, opportunities to share photos and meet fellow conservationists, and an opportunity to tour the Zoo’s reptile and amphibian… Continue reading