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June is Turtle Crossing Season

Painted Turtle

Turtle nesting season is between late May and early July. That means June is a prime time to see turtles crossing the road to get to their nesting sites. Quinte Conservation is asking motorists to take care when driving near all wetland areas.

Quinte Conservation Communications Manager Jennifer May-Anderson says, “There are eight species of turtles in Ontario and seven of them are considered Species at Risk. Many turtles are killed each year crossing the road, further depleting the population. During this time of year you can help turtles by slowing down and watching for them on roadways near wetlands, ponds, and lakes.”

If a turtle has laid eggs on your property, you can purchase a Turtle ICU Unit at Quinte Conservation for $10. These units help keep the eggs safe until they hatch.

If you see a turtle you can report it to the Turtle Tally.

If a turtle is injured, you can contact the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre in Peterborough.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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