The community group that met for a year to develop the Conservation Strategy said Ausable Bayfield Conservation and other partners should protect water, soil, and living things ... such as turtles.
Ontario has eight native turtle species. All eight of these species can be found in Ausable Bayfield Conservation watersheds. These species are as follows:
Turtle Sighting Reporting Form
Ausable Bayfield Conservation would like to hear about your turtle sightings.
Click here on this link for: Turtle Sighting Reporting Form.
For more information on these turtle species, please visit the Ontario Nature Reptiles and Amphibians web page.
What to do if you find a turtle on the road
Female turtles need to leave the water to lay their eggs on dry ground. They typically do this from late May to early July. They often need to cross roads to get to suitable nesting areas. Sometimes they may even nest on the sides of roads.
If you find a turtle on the road, please help it across safely (only if it is safe for you to do so). Always move the turtle in the direction that it is heading.
Most turtles can be picked up carefully with two hands. When handling Snapping Turtles keep a safe distance from their head as they will snap at you if they feel threatened. You can grab the back of the shell and gently drag it across the road. Or, you may want to use a shovel, blanket, or car mat to move the turtle. Never pick up a turtle by the tail as this could damage its spine.
What to do if you find an injured turtle
Most turtles can be picked up carefully with two hands.
When handling Snapping Turtles keep a safe distance from their head as they will snap at you if they feel threatened. You may want to use a shovel or board to lift the turtle.
Note the location (road and major intersections) where the turtle was found to ensure it can be released according to provincial regulations.
Do not transport turtles in water. Do not offer the turtle anything to eat.
Take the turtle to:
Volunteer couriers may be able to drive the turtle to a rehabilitation centre if you cannot. Please call first.
Even if the turtle cannot be saved, wildlife rehabilitation staff may be able to save the eggs inside her!
The local ecological system depends on having diverse animals that each play a role to keep that system healthy. The turtle is a vital part of that eco-system. Turtles help to control aquatic vegetation. Turtles serve as scavengers. This means they help clean our creeks and wetlands by eating dead and decaying fish and other organisms.
It takes a long time for most turtles to reach maturity. Mature turtles may live a long time but turtles reproduce at a low rate. Any time a mother turtle dies, or any adult turtle dies, there is an impact on the future of the species. A Snapping Turtle would have to lay about 1,400 eggs in her lifetime, on average, in order for just one of her offspring to survive to adulthood. Saving even one adult by safely moving it across the road can help to conserve that species.