Turtle Nest Sitter Training (and Making Nest Protectors)
May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Nesting turtles are very vulnerable to road traffic and very sensitive to disturbance. Female nesting turtles are often injured while on route to their nesting sites, and they also can be easily deterred from nesting if frightened or harassed. Then, if successfully nesting, the turtle nests are very quickly predated by small mammals that benefit from living near humans, such as foxes, skunks and raccoons. This is why almost all turtle nests in the Land Between bioregion (Ontario's Highlands) and southern Ontario, are destroyed, and eggs eaten within 24 hours of a turtle laying eggs. Turtle Guardians are volunteers that are trained in stewarding and monitoring nesting turtles. They are effectively "on call" throughout nesting season (from June to mid July) and will be dispatched to sites where nesting turtles need support. This workshop trains willing nest sitter volunteers in monitoring and protecting nesting turtles and their nests, and includes identification of turtle species, of various stages of nesting behaviours, and in protocols for protecting turtles during nesting.
The second half of the workshop (the final half hour) also provides training and guidance for building and installing nest cage protectors in acceptable locations, and in monitoring nest sites. Please register as a volunteer Nest Sitters before attending the workshop.