Let's Stand for Ontario Turtles

I'm leading a project to support the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre https://ontarioturtle.ca/  whose goal is to protect and conserve Ontario’s native turtles and the habitat in which they live.   OTCC have taken in this year alone over 875 injured turtles from across Ontario/Quebec for a variety of injuries from automobiles, boats, fish hooks, dogs, and humans.

https://ontarioturtle.ca/turtles Out of 8  Ontario turtles only ONE is not at risk which is the Painted Turtle  .  

OTCC strives to increase awareness of the challenges facing Ontario’s turtles and to inspire individuals to act and make a difference.  Together we can make a difference for generations to come!

While other species of wildlife are also injured and killed on our roads, most animals have young from the previous year ready to mate and replenish the population. Unfortunately, this is not the case for turtles. Less than 1% of turtle eggs and hatchlings will survive to adulthood. This, combined with the fact that turtles can take anywhere from 8 to 25 years to reach maturity, means that it can take 200 eggs and up to 25 years to replace one nesting female killed on the roadside. Every turtle saved is beneficial to the population.

100% of the donations will go to OTCC to continue their efforts to protect and conserve Ontario’s native turtles.  Funds will go towards medical and rehabilitative care for injured turtles, operating costs, electricity and materials to raise hatchlings.   Once healed these turtles are released back into their natural habitat where they can continue to reproduce for many decades.  

As someone who spent Summers in Haliburton for the past 50+ years, I've personally noticed a drastic decline in all aquatic wildlife.  No more do you hear frogs in the evening, you don't hear crickets, and lucky to see the odd firefly...it's up to us to turn this around.  Turtles are part of our ecosystem and this is where I'm starting.  Please donate.  

For a minimum donation of $25, I'd be happy to send you a 'I Brake For Turtles' bumper sticker.  Message me with your mailing address and I will get it in the mail right away.

I thank you for taking the time to read my post, for your generosity and most importantly I thank you for taking a stand for Ontario Turtles.

Mike Smith

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Michael Smith 
Whitby, ON
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