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Important Area for Amphibians and Reptiles

Barry Gray, the Hamilton Spectator Photo Courtesy of Environment Canada Turtles well looked after hereTheSpec.com - Local - Turtles well looked after here Group forms to help critters get across the road at Cootes Drive

Eric McGuinness, The Hamilton Spectator
(Jun 25, 2009)

Cootes Paradise at the west end of Hamilton Harbour is now labelled an IMPARA -- an Important Area for Amphibians and Reptiles -- by a national organization concerned with conservation of snakes, salamanders, turtles and similar critters.As if to prove the designation is deserved, Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) staff found a rare stinkpot turtle (a full-grown male) this spring at the Cootes Paradise Fishway where unwanted carp are turned back to the harbour and desirable species, including turtles, are allowed to enter the marsh.The stinkpot, or eastern musk turtle, earns its name by releasing a musky, skunk-like smell when disturbed or handled. Growing to no more than 13 centimetres, it is among the smallest turtles in O…

hard (shell) travellin'

Our turtle love has come out of its shellTheSpec.com - Local - Our turtle love has come out of its shell
Eric McGuinness, The Hamilton Spectator, (Jun 25, 2009)

Hamilton is turning on to turtles.Dozens of newly recruited Dundas Turtle Watch volunteers have started patrolling Cootes Drive each morning and evening to protect and rescue female turtles crossing to lay eggs.The busy, four-lane road even sports turtle crossing signs provided by the Toronto Zoo.At the other end of the city, Stoney Creek's Community Beach Turtle Ponds Association is savouring victory in its fight to protect turtle habitat from residential development.Ontario Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens today to announce funding for species-at-risk work that includes radio-tracking turtles to learn where they travel. Cansfield will try to locate a rare Blanding's turtle in Hendrie Valley by following signals from a transmitter attached to its shell.