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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ontario Bays Initiative works with Cape Vincent to Reduce Turtle Deaths



Written by  OBI Land Trust
Ontario Bays Initiative (OBI) will work once again this year with the town of Cape Vincent to post signs on roads near Wilson's Bay Marsh, where Blanding’s turtles will be venturing into roadways as they head to nesting sites.
This is the second year Cape Vincent town officials worked with OBI to help give the turtles a fighting chance by providing and posting the yellow diamond-shaped caution signs during the June nesting season.
The Blanding's turtle is officially listed as a threatened species in New York and in several other states. Many of the slow movers are killed each June near Wilson's Bay Marsh as they attempt to make the treacherous trip across two lanes of traffic in search of a spot to lay their eggs. But the signs are helping to reduce the number of turtles killed by cars.
OBI's Board of Directors includes several people who live along Lake Ontario shoreline communities, including several from Cape Vincent. The program was successful last year, thanks to the cooperation of the town of Cape Vincent and expertise of Glenn Johnson, chairman of the biology department at SUNY Potsdam. Professor Johnson has been working to reduce Blanding's turtle mortality in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties since 1998.
OBI wishes to thank the town of Cape Vincent for supporting the program for another year!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

i know they have been studying a population over on county rt 9 by that swamp land .they should put up some signs there too.

Anonymous said...

I removed two Blandings from the road at the east end of Deerlick. It was the first time I had ever seen two together. There should be a sign on that road.

Anonymous said...

Blanding’s turtles need both wetland and upland habitats to complete their life cycle. The types of wetlands used include ponds, marshes, shrub swamps, bogs, and ditches and streams with slow-moving water. In Minnesota, Blanding’s turtles are primarily marsh and pond inhabitants. Calm, shallow water bodies (Type 1-3 wetlands) with mud bottoms and abundant aquatic vegetation (e.g., cattails, water lilies) are preferred, and extensive marshes bordering rivers provide excellent habitat. Small temporary wetlands (those that dry up in the late summer or fall) are frequently used in spring and summer -- these fishless pools are amphibian and invertebrate breeding habitat, which provides an important food source for Blanding’s turtles. Also, the warmer water of these shallower areas probably aids in the development of eggs within the female turtle. Nesting occurs in open (grassy or brushy) sandy uplands, often some distance from water bodies. Frequently, nesting occurs in traditional nesting grounds on undeveloped land. Blanding’s turtles have also been known to nest successfully on residential property (especially in low density housing situations), and to utilize disturbed areas such as farm fields, gardens, under power lines, and road shoulders (especially of dirt roads). Although Blanding’s turtles may travel through woodlots during their seasonal movements, shady areas (including forests and lawns with shade trees) are not used for nesting. Wetlands with deeper water are needed in times of drought, and during the winter. Blanding’s turtles overwinter in the muddy bottoms of deeper marshes and ponds, or other water bodies where they are protected from freezing.

Anonymous said...

I posted the above.

I once came across one digging a nest on the side of that road going by the dump.

Anonymous said...

These are truly amazing animals. One was seen way at the end of our street. We monitored her movement as closely as possible. What a surprise to see her heading down the middle of Stony Point Road about 3 miles from the original sightings. And Yes to the skeptics - we're sure it's the same one!

RWiley said...

One was in the middle of Real St. I picked him up and put him on the safe edge of my property.