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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

Of Turtle Eggs and Road Work

May 03, 2020
David Seburn, Freshwater Turtle Specialist with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and chair of the CHS conservation committee

Freshwater turtles face a number of serious threats, from wetland destruction to roadkill to nest predation. Although nest predation is a natural threat, in many areas the number of nest predators has increased leading to higher rates of nest predation. And those nests that avoid being consumed by predators may still end up being destroyed by people. An incident from this past summer illustrated… Read More

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