Have you seen a Turtle?

Professional biologists Kristina Ovaska (pictured here at Magic Lake, Pender Island) and Christian Engelstoft are working with Todd Carnahan at HAT on a Species at Risk Outreach Project sponsored by Environment Canada. We're looking for the rare and endangered Western Painted Turtle on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. We are particularly interested in turtles found on land up to 300 metres from their aquatic habitats. Turtles on land are females looking for sandy nesting sites. Basking features like emergent logs and rocks in ponds, wetlands, or lakes are also critical habitat sites we hope to protect through this project. If you've seen a turtle recently, we'd love to hear from you! Please send turtle photos and its location to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Todd at 250.995.2428.

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