Turtles at Risk

In Ontario 7 out of 8 species of turtles are listed as ‘at risk’ to some degree. Two of the major sources of decline of several species are predation and road mortality. It is mainly nesting females that get struck on roads, leaving populations which might seem healthy, but are terribly skewed in favour of males. The proximity of roads to wetlands also means that turtles increasingly are using shoulders because of the ideal nesting habitat which leaves the eggs extremely vulnerable to predation. In order to combat this phenomenon the Grey County Forest Stewardship Network is making available ‘Turtle Nest Protection Cages’ which are bottomless cages that are submerged over top of the nest to prevent predators from digging the nest up. If you have turtles nesting on your property or have access to an area where you know turtles nest and would like to offer them some protection the network will provide the cages and instructions on how to use them.

If interested please contact: Jason Ritchie



Sing Once More

by Minerva Cook

Sing, sing towhee

sing your song of

“Drink your tea”.

Teach your youngsters

to eat and gather strength

for their journey south.

Sing once more, dear towhee

next year when you return

your summer home won’t be here

gravel digging will have begun.

Little hummingbird drink deeply

into bright cardinal flowers,

jewels of shady wetland edges.

Come back and taste all you can.

Next year your favorite flowers

will be covered by roadways

for gravel trucks to travel.

Drifting Monarch butterfly sip

nectar and rest on purple asters to

prepare for your trip to Mexico

Next year your granddaughters

won’t find swamp milkweed

where you hatched and fed.

Gravel will be dug instead.

Tiny spring peeper

you might as well peep now

When you awake in spring,

you won’t find your breeding pond

in a changing landscape where

tons of gravel are excavated

Farewell, dear friends.

I won’t see you here again

Sing once more, towhee.

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