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.

Turtle tunnels limit the significant threats to turtles posed by road traffic by directing turtles under roads.

The basic features of turtle tunnels are the same: a fence to direct turtles and an underpass (tunnel) to move turtles under roads.

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 turtle populations can survive and hopefully too, rebound fromĀ recent losses, The Land Between charity aims to install as many turtle underpasses (fences and tunnels) as possible across the region's high risk roads - and as quickly as possible.

We have gathered and supported research and pilot trials across North America to make sure we can succeed in saving turtles.

Now we can put in these underpasses effectively in suitable areas- and efficiently using the existing road culverts.

While using culverts are the first available solutions, there are many more sites that exist where turtles cross roads: Here were are looking for new ways and infrastructure to save turtlesĀ and other wildlife; to make roads less hazardous and more "permeable" to wildlife.

Old culver used as fencing for underpass. copyright Kari Gunson
Old culvert used as fencing for underpass. copyright Kari Gunson

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