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Conservation Wins for Canadian Reptiles and Amphibians

August 28, 2020
James Paterson

We could all use some good news right now. In conservation, work can often feel like an uphill slog with species declining and wild spaces disappearing. But, it’s important to recognize that among the sad stories, there are good news stories sprinkled in the mix, too. I want to celebrate some conservation wins for Canadian reptile and amphibian species. 1. Herb… Read More

A Week in the Life of a Volunteer Biologist - Froggy Friday

July 27, 2020
Stephanie Winton

By this time of year, the frogs have bred and the eggs have successfully hatched. The tadpoles are being headstarted for release into historic habitats where they will help stabilize existing wild populations. This means we must also feed and care for the tadpoles before their eventual release. To clean the tadpole tubs, we create siphons by… Read More

Adventures in Canadian Herpetology: Recounting a Decade of CHS Field Trips

Part 1: Grasslands National Park, 2009

June 22, 2020
Joe Crowley, SAR Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Each fall, herpetologists from across the country converge for the annual Canadian Herpetological Society conference, which has become an invaluable forum for us to share our work, meet new people and catch up with old friends. The Monday field trip, which follows the weekend’s formal conference program of platform and poster presentations, is also a source of… Read More

Otter and loon fall for fake turtles

May 29, 2020
Grégory Bulté, Department of Biology, Carleton University

As part of our research on the mating habits of the northern map turtle, we used 3D printed turtle decoys to woo wild turtles and recorded their behaviours with action cameras. Our fraudulent turtles worked their intended goal admirably well, but they also attracted the unwanted attention of peckish neighbours. Adult turtles have few predators in Canadian waters but otters are a notable menace… Read More

The Enigmatic Morphology of a Male Painted Turtle

May 10, 2020
Patrick Moldowan

I once met a Painted Turtle from Estaire,
he was male and without so much as a care.
When plucked from the muck, … Read More

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