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[narrator] From the day they're born,
Turtle hatchling emerges from its nest for the first time, explores land and water.
turtles are on the move.
Turtles travel across a range of different habitats
Aerial view of a natural setting with turtles moving around; roads are developed.
to mate, nest,
and find food and water.
When roads are developed in an area,
it can cause habitat fragmentation.
This means that turtles and other animals
Turtle crossing road while a car is rapidly approaching.
must cross over roads
to get from one habitat to another.
Many animals are hit and killed by cars
while trying to move between habitats,
which is known as road mortality.
Roads are one of the leading causes of decline
Roads wrapping around a view of earth from space.
of reptile and amphibian populations worldwide.
Today, seven out of Ontario's eight turtle species
Pie charts demonstrating the number of at risk turtles and snake species in Ontario.
and 10 out of Ontario's 16 snake species
are classified as 'at risk'.
The Bruce Peninsula is a thriving natural area
Aerial view of the Bruce Peninsula.
that extends between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.
Bruce Peninsula National Park protects the largest section
of green space in southern Ontario,
and is rich in biodiversity.
The park is home to 26 different species
Symbols of frogs, snakes, and turtles pop up within the park area.
of reptiles and amphibians!
At our park, we're taking action
to protect our reptiles and amphibians
View of park sign with turtle walking underneath.
through the On the Road to Recovery project.
This project includes a special focus
on species at risk,
such as the Common snapping turtle,
Massasauga rattlesnake, Eastern ribbonsnake,
Animations of common snapping turtle, Massassauga rattlesnake, eastern ribbonsnake, and eastern milksnake.
and Eastern milksnake.
We're making our roads safer for wildlife
by installing Eco-passages and Eco-fencing
Park staff installing an eco-passage.
at road mortality hotspot locations.
The Eco-fencing acts as a barrier,
guiding turtles, snakes, frogs,
and other small animals towards the Eco-passages,
Turtle using an eco-passage.
allowing them to cross underneath roads safely.
We're also creating artificial turtle nesting sites
Adult turtle nesting on an artificial nesting mound.
near known turtle habitats.
This way, female turtles can lay eggs
without even crossing the road!
You can help protect reptiles and amphibians too!
Watch for wildlife on the road,
especially when driving through natural spaces.
Turtle crossing in front of a car.
If you see a turtle on the road,
pull your car over where it's safe,
and help the turtle across in the direction it was going.
If it's a snapping turtle,
Driver pulls over, helps turtle across the road using a shovel.
you can use a stick, shovel
or paddle to move it across.
Don't forget to record your turtle sighting and location
on the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas app.
Person records turtle sighting on their phone; turtle swims in the lake.
You can also use this app
to report snake, frog, or salamander sightings.
Bruce Peninsula National Park
Person takes nest cage off of turtle mound, records data on clipboard.
has a Citizen Science volunteer program
to help monitor and protect turtles!
You could help contribute important data
on turtle activity,
and give hatchling turtles a better chance at survival.
Go to parkscanada.gc.ca/ bruce-recovery
View of Parks Canada webpage.
for more information,
and help us make the world a little safer for turtles...
Turtle crosses underneath road in an eco-passage; car zooms overtop.
On the Road to Recovery logo.
Parks Canada logo.
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