Turtle beaches readied for nesting season

May 23 was World Turtle Day and members of the Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project celebrated this past week by weeding nesting beaches to prepare them for turtle nesting season. Every year from late May to early July, female western painted turtles leave the water of their Pender Harbour area lakes to build nests on land. 

With the help of volunteers and community partners, the Wildlife Project has built over a dozen new nesting beaches during the past decade to increase available habitat, decrease road mortality, and increase survival of this precious species. These new nest sites are now favoured by turtles and produce hundreds of baby turtles each year. 

article continues below

Observing a nesting turtle is an unforgettable experience and essential to understanding and conserving this imperilled species. Residents are asked to report their sightings of turtles wandering on land, crossing the road, or digging in the ground by emailing coastwildlife@gmail.com or calling 604-989-1007. Volunteer opportunities are also available to help monitor key nesting sites. 

Painted turtles are federally threatened, provincially red-listed, and protected by the B.C. Wildlife Act. It is illegal to touch turtles or remove them from their lakes. For more information about local efforts to ensure the survival of this species at risk, see www.coastwildlife.ca or www.facebook.com/coastwildlife.

– Submitted by Michelle Evelyn

Read Related Topics

© Vancouver Courier

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Vancouver Courier welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Popular Vancouver Courier

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!

Community Event Calendar


Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.

Popular Entertainment