Posted by: Pelodiscus on 2016/11/25 7:00:00 3230 readsThe Nova Scotia Nature Trust is aiming to raise $20,000 for a turtle sanctuary to house Wink and Atahualpa as well as other endangered Blanding’s Turtles.
Freshwater turtles Give turtles a home for Christmas, urges Nature Trust
The Nature Trust has secured an agreement to purchase a 36 acre property at Barren Meadow in southwest Nova Scotia. They are appealing for $10,000 in public support, which will be matched by $10,000 from the Nova Scotia Crown Share Land Legacy Trust and the Marguerite Hubbard Charitable Foundation.
“With so few Blanding’s Turtles left in Nova Scotia, their fate is truly in our hands. Saving their remaining habitat is critical to the survival not just of Wink and his friends, but to the survival of this entire species in Nova Scotia,” said the Nature Trust’s executive director Bonnie Sutherland.
Blanding’s Turtles are on both the Canadian and Nova Scotian endangered species lists. There are only about 350 turtles left in the province. Less than one per cent of hatchlings survives and their traditional habitat is under threat.
Barren Meadow is well-suited to turtles as two branches of Barren Meadow Brook pass through the property before flowing into the Pleasant River. The brook is deeply cut, and holds water during even the driest summers, allowing turtles to forage for food along the brookside.
Blanding’s turtles travel long distances away from streams and rivers in search of basking and nesting sites. Although mostly forested, the property also includes bogs, the ‘barrens’ that gave the area their name and geological features including bands of rock outcrops running in strips throughout the forest.
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