Tag Archive: wetlands

Wetland Conservation and How WE Can Make a Difference

Written by: Christine Drader Here at Adopt-A-Pond, we have the great fortune to be able to work on a vital habitat and ecosystem—wetlands. Wetlands support an abundance of biodiversity, and they are home… Continue reading

Is there anything wetlands can’t do? 

Written by: Courtney Leermakers  If you follow Adopt-A-Pond (AAP) on Facebook or have read some of our other blog posts, you may be aware that we monitor and protect reptiles and amphibians in… Continue reading

Fieldwork in Winter

Winter is here, and the Adopt-A-Pond team is still out and about conducting fieldwork!

Turtle-ly Cool Fieldwork: CALL Intern Experience

We had the pleasure of bringing four interns out in the field with us from the Climate Action Learning & Leadership (CALL) Program. They assisted us with tracking our headstart and adult Blanding’s turtles via radio telemetry and also partook… Continue reading

Natural anti-freeze? – How Ontario’s frogs & toads survive the winter 

During the summer, we are likely to see many frogs and toads hopping around ponds and wetlands. Come wintertime, they seem to disappear. So, where do these critters go?  Similar to turtles, most frogs brumate at the bottom of ponds, where the water is cold but not frozen. Unlike… Continue reading

Two Years in the Making: the rehabilitation and release of an adult Blanding’s turtle

For years, Adopt-A-Pond has performed mark-recapture surveys for turtles in the Rouge watershed, much of which is now within the Rouge National Urban Park. Despite this effort, an adult Blanding’s turtle who had never been captured before was found in 2019. While exciting,… Continue reading

Head-start Release Day

On June 22nd, 48 of our head-start Blanding’s turtles were released into Rouge National Urban Park by our team members at the Toronto Zoo and Parks Canada. This is part of the effort… Continue reading

World TurtleWeekend!

Sunday May 22 and Holiday Monday May 23, 2016 Main Event: Americas Wetlands 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Turtles around the world are threatened with extinction, but they are also some of the… Continue reading

Wishing Shannon Ritchie a warm farewell

The Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme wishes Shannon Ritchie a warm farewell, and good luck on her new adventure into a Master of Science (MSc) program through the University of Toronto at… Continue reading

March of the Turtles With Our Blanding’s Headstarts

With our warm March weather, Shannon, our Wetland Biologist, and her turtle tracking assistant Nina, have been eager to see if our hibernating headstart juvenile Blanding’s turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) have started waking up. … Continue reading