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This year’s high water levels on Lake Erie are causing turtles to look for high and dry nesting sites in lawns, gardens and driveways… where they can easily be found and predated by raccoons, possums and other varmints.
The Long Point Biosphere is again offering turtles nest cover protection covers on loan to folks who spot a turtle making a nest on their property. The nest covers are available from the gatehouse at the “new” Provincial Park and can be returned in early fall when the nests have hatched. Park staff will take the names and contact info of people who borrow the covers and will provide the following instruction pamphlet.
In addition to wandering onto Long Point roads, turtles are going to be looking for nesting sites in cottage lawns, gardens and driveways… where they can easily be found and predated by raccoons, possums and other varmints.
The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve is again offering turtle nest protection covers on loan to folks who spot a turtle making a nest on their property. The nest covers are available from the gatehouse at the new Provincial Park and can be returned in early fall when the nests have hatched. Park staff will take the names and contact info of people who borrow the covers and will provide an instruction pamphlet.
To read more about turtle nests and nest protection, click here.
Drivers cautioned when crossing the Long Point Causeway
The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation (LPWBRF) is asking residents, cottagers and visitors driving to Long Point to slow down and be extra watchful for wildlife on the causeway leading to the beachfront community.
This year’s extremely high lake levels, combined with storm surges, have severely damaged sections of the barrier fencing intended to keep wildlife from wandering across the road. That means drivers could encounter turtles, snakes, frogs and other animals on the roadway – a rare sight since the six kilometres of fencing and 12 wildlife culverts were installed over the past 10 years.
“The cool spring weather has somewhat delayed wildlife movement, including female turtles searching for nesting sites. But as the weather warms, animals will start moving en masse to their preferred summer locations,” said LPWBRF President Rick Levick.
Levick noted that drivers crossing the Causeway have already seen the unusual sight of dozens of muskrats wandering along the shoulders of the road – evidence of the disruption caused by high water levels in the marshes on either side of the road. Several muskrats have been killed by vehicles in the past few weeks
Norfolk County and the LPWBRF have again set up an electronic message sign at the north end of the Causeway to remind drivers to watch for wildlife on the road. The LPWBRF will begin making repairs to the fencing over the next couple of weeks.
“We’ve struggled to keep the fencing in good repair since the last two culverts were installed in 2017 but there’s a limit to what a volunteer organization can manage and afford,” said Levick. “That’s why we are very pleased that Norfolk County has committed to maintaining the culverts and fencing after the Causeway road reconstruction is completed in 2020-21”.
Levick urged drivers who encounter wildlife on the road to be patient and wait for them to cross. Slow moving animals like turtles can also be carried across the road in the direction they are heading, but only when it is safe to do so.
Long Point Biosphere Director John Everett scoops up a large snapping turtle to carry it to safety across the Causeway. Snapping turtles should be handled with care,,,,, as their name suggests,,,,
In related news,,,,
Due to predicted rainstorms, the workshop on building turtle nest protection boxes at the Long Point Provincial Park, scheduled for Saturday, May 25 will now be held on Sunday, May 26 at 9 am. Anyone wishing to participate should go to the Park Office to obtain a temporary pass to enter the day use area where the workshop will be held.
Turtle nest protection boxes will again be available for loan this year and may be picked up at the Park Office.
The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation promotes research, monitoring, community outreach and education, partnerships, and projects that support the goals of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable communities in Norfolk County. We exchange information and work collaboratively with the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association, as well as other biosphere reserves in Canada and around the world.
For more information. please contact Rick Levick at email@example.com or 416-723-2910
Due to overwhelming response in 2018, the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation has opened early registration for the 2019 Research and Conservation Conference to be held on November 8, 2019 at the Simcoe Recreation Centre.
Our annual Conference is an excellent opportunity for academic and student researchers, government agencies, members of NGOs and the public to take part in a lively exchange of ideas related to local environmental sustainability and conservation.
Space is limited, so complete the registration form and process your registration fee today!
Black – Priority Place Boundary
Yellow – Biosphere Reserve Buffer Zone
Purple – Norfolk Forest Complex
The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation will take place on Friday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. We welcome all current members and the general public to attend at the South Walsingham Women’s Institute Hall, 2070 Main Street in Walsingham. Agenda
We are delighted to announce this year’s speakers below.
Georgia Nix will bring you the perspective of today’s youth on environmental issues. LPWBRF is proud to sponsor Georgia to attend Ontario Nature’s 2018 Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership from September 21st through 23rd. She is a grade 12 student at Delhi District High School and a member of her school’s Green Extreme Team. Ontario Nature’s Youth Summit for Biodiversity has been cultivating a new generation of environmental leaders since 2010. Each year, about 100 youth come together for this unique youth-led summit that allows participants to develop an understanding of environmental issues and gain the inspiration and tools to take action and leadership in their communities and beyond. The weekend-long event includes guest speakers, workshops and outdoor activities that appeal to a wide variety of environmental interests. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear Georgia discuss her experience.
Pete Zuzek is a Coastal Geoscientist with 25 years of experience working on consulting assignments across the coastal regions of the world. He is the founder and President of Zuzek Inc., a professional services company dedicated to increasing the health and resilience of the world’s coastal communities and ecosystems. Pete has extensive experience managing complex multidisciplinary investigations on coastal erosion and flooding, risk assessments, coastal zone planning, shoreline management plan development, water quality investigations, habitat protection and restoration, living shorelines, and climate change adaptation. Pete is currently the President of the Coastal Zone Canada Association.
Everyone is welcome to attend!
The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation is dedicated to conserving biodiversity, promoting sustainable communities, and partnering in research, monitoring, outreach and education.