Drivers are being encouraged to go slowly and carefully for the next few weeks as baby turtles start to hatch in and around Bancroft.
“Mid-August through to mid-October is typically when hatchlings emerge from the nest,” says Kelly Wallace, the Managing Director for Think Turtle Conservation Initiative, a L’Amable-based organization dedicated to preserving Ontario’s turtle population.
Wallace is urging you to keep an eye out for turtle hatchlings near roads, ATV trails, walking paths, and in residential areas like building sites or gardens.
“If you spot one hatchling, check the area for the nest,” Wallace says. “Where there is one hatchling there could easily be more and not necessarily on the same day.”
If you find a hatchling, Wallace says you should take it to the nearest body of water so it can start to get used to its aquatic habitat.
Anyone with further questions on how to safely handle turtles or their hatchlings can contact the organization on its website.