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Help end the Snapping Turtle hunt

by David Seburn An increase of only 0.1% in the annual mortality rate of 15+ year old Snapping Turtles would halve the number of adults in the local population in less than 20 years. Source: Management Plan for the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) in Canada Snapping Turtles face many threats including the loss [...]

2017-01-11T01:39:57+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Conservation|

Grasshopper outing contributes to Constance Bay Biothon

by P.M. Catling and B. Kostiuk This article appeared originally in the fall 2015 issue of Trail & Landscape Figure 1. Part of the grasshopper study group with the habitat of regionally rare Boll’s grasshopper in the foreground, 27 Sept. 2014. Photo by B. Kostiuk. On Saturday, 27 September 2014, twenty OFNC members [...]

2018-01-03T01:19:56+00:00 November 19th, 2015|OFNC event|

Victory for the Snapping Turtles!

By David Seburn They say you can’t fight city hall. However, sometimes you can motivate the powers that be. Can you see the baby snapper? Can you see how high that curb must look to it? Photo by Ian Whyte For some time now, it has been known that hatchling Snapping Turtles (officially [...]

2018-01-03T01:20:23+00:00 November 13th, 2015|Conservation|

Hatchling Snapping Turtles on the move!

by Dave Seburn Snapping Turtles will never win any prizes for parenting. Females nest by digging a hole in the ground and depositing their eggs in it. They cover the hole and return to the wetland, maternal duties finished. Many of those nests will be dug up by Raccoons or Skunks looking for an easy [...]

2015-09-02T14:09:08+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Conservation|