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Sacred Heart Eco Club learns about declining turtle populations

The Sacred Heart Eco Club has been learning about Ontario's eight species of at-risk turtles and about the grave danger that turtles face when crossing roads and highways during nesting and hatching seasons.

Unfortunately, most turtles don't survive perilous road crossings and this is one reason why all turtle species in Ontario are in decline. The school’s eco club sponsored a turtle from the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre and following a school-wide contest named its sponsored turtle 'Aquapella.' That week, the eco club also watched the CBC Gem documentary Fix & Release and learned that if individuals come across a deceased turtle beside the road, they should call the Centre and take the turtle to a partner vet as it could be a female with viable eggs that could be saved.

Watching that documentary at the Sacred Heart Eco Club meeting was what led to a 'turtle egg rescue' by EA Nancy Hurst and the chance for 16 baby snapping turtles to have a second chance at life.

Read the Hamilton Spectator story here.





Nancy Hurst (right) and her daughter Summer Thomas on Cootes Drive in Dundas. They found a dead snapping turtle on their way back from Long Point recently and were able to save some of its eggs. Photo: John Rennison, The Hamilton Spectator
Nancy Hurst (right) and her daughter Summer Thomas on Cootes Drive in Dundas. They found a dead snapping turtle on their way back from Long Point recently and were able to save some of its eggs. Photo: John Rennison, The Hamilton Spectator