NEW VIDEO: Turtle Mortality in the Haliburton Highlands

Turtles in Haliburton County – and throughout Ontario – are at risk from extinction due to extremely high rates of road mortality. Females in particular are frequently killed on our highways, wiping out future generations of these special creatures. Listen to wildlife biologist Paul Heaven describe the risks that turtles face and learn about the efforts the community in the Haliburton Highlands is taking to ensure our roads are safer for turtles in the years to come.

Road Mortality from Haliburton Highlands Land Trust on Vimeo.

The turtles need our help. If you can volunteer some time to help out on our Turtle Road Mortality Species at Risk project, please get in touch. See this post for more information.


  1. Lisa Croft says

    Question: Female snapper just laid her eggs last night on a public beach in a private trailer park. The lake is very small and I know “typical campers” will not be happy about having up to 80 (if they all were to survive) in the lake were people swim. can the nest be transferred?

    • Great question, Lisa.
      While I can certainly appreciate the concern, the moving of turtle eggs is a tricky business, and is generally not recommended, since it almost invariably kills off the contents of the eggs. (They are very sensitive to positioning, temperature, and so on.) Since snapping turtles are classified as a Species at Risk, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry is working to protect them. Possibly it is worth a phone call to the MNRF office? (705) 286-1521

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