The Canadian Wildlife Federation and Scales Nature Park have joined efforts to deliver The Saving Turtles At Risk Today (S.T.A.R.T.) Turtle Project. The S.T.A.R.T. project launched in 2013 and is being delivered through Scales Nature Park in conjunction with the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital. This initiative works to conserve turtles in the Muskoka and Lake Simcoe watershed region (Muskoka, Simcoe, Haliburton etc.) through on the ground conservation, education, public engagement and outreach. By inspiring local residents to protect turtles, CWF and Scales will create a national example of how these precious species can be protected throughout Ontario and other regions of Canada.
Thanks to generous funding from the Rogers Foundation, CWF is working with regional partners, community groups, lake associations and individuals to reduce risks to turtles.
The S.T.A.R.T. Turtle Project will target all six turtle species in the region (Painted, Snapping, Blanding’s, Map, Musk and Spotted), with a particular focus on Blanding’s Turtles since this species is the most likely to be impacted by road mortality and human activities in the area.