What are turtle tunnels?

Turtle tunnels come in all shapes and sizes and are what ecologists call "eco-passages". These features are designed to direct turtles under roadways as opposed to over roads. In this way turtle tunnels limit harm to turtles and turtle populations.

The basic features of turtle tunnels are the same: an underpass and a fence to direct turtles to the underpass.

Fence installation. copyright: Kari Gunson

Fence installation. copyright: Kari Gunson

The Land Between region is home to more than 1/3 of Ontario's turtles. The major threat to turtle populations by humans in road mortality (second are poaching and the pet trade). To ensure that turtle populations can survive and thrive; and even rebound fromĀ recent losses, The Land Between charity aims to put in as many turtle tunnels as possible in a short time. We have supported trials in Ontario and gathered research across North America.

Now we can put in eco-passages quickly and effectively in suitable areas using existing road culverts. While these are the first available solutions, many more sites exist where turtles cross. Here were are looking for new ways or new infrastructure to save turtlesĀ and other wildlife; to make roads permeable to wildlife.

Old culver used as fencing for underpass. copyright Kari Gunson

Old culver used as fencing for underpass. copyright Kari Gunson