Scientists at the Toronto Zoo are researching threats to at-risk turtle species. Using nearly a decade of habitat use by at risk turtles in southern Ontario, they will be creating landscape-level mapping of areas with suitable habitat. With this knowledge in hand, they’ll be able to identify key habitat areas for protection and restoration in the region. The results will inform management actions such as targeting areas to create nest sites, over wintering habitat and basking sites. These actions will ultimately lead to an increased habitat for at-risk turtles and associated increase in a populations. Researchers are also interested in monitoring turtle species and reducing road mortality of at-risk turtle species as well as educating the public on the importance of turtle conservation.
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