Help Protect the Spotted Turtle
A Very Special Part of Turtle Island (North America)
Spotted Turtles used to bewidespread throughout Ontario wetlands in the 1990's.
Now just 25 sites have recorded sightings! In fact the spotted turtle is now classified as an endangered species.
Did you know?
Spotted Turtle's are one of Ontario's smallest turtles! Their shells are no more than 13cm long, smooth and black shell with bright yellow-orange spots. The head and limbs are also black with yellow-orange markings.
Spotted Turtle's are semi-aquatic reptiles that can only be found in unpolluted wetland habitats such as ponds, marshes and bogs. They also require an abundant supply of aquatic vegetation.
Why should we care?
The scientific evidence is clear: wetland habitats are decreasing at an alarming rate. In Ontario, we lose 10 acres of land to development every hour! Not only are wetland habitats home to many other species of plants and animals, they also provide many other critical ecosystem services. Wetlands also: purify our water, store water during dry periods, prevent floods.
We ALL have the ability to help reverse nature loss. But time is not on our side. We need to act now!
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So what can we do to save our Spotted Turtles?
EBC has a rare opportunity to protect 1 of the last 25 remaining sites for the Spotted Turtle in Ontario. If we lose this site to urban development, this habitat will be lost forever and we risk further pushing this species towards extinction.
The landowner has agreed to donate half of its $250,000 value if we can raise $125,000 to match it. We are $50,000 away from protecting this land, which we aim to do by Thanksgiving. Any amount will help. Our finish line is in sight!
As a token of nature's gratitude, Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy will send a package of Woodland Poppy Seeds with your charitable tax receipt.
We have the power to protect and restore our environment. Join us!
The Story of the Wood Poppy and Spotted Turtle