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Soldiers Looking Out For At-Risk Turtles

Soldiers Looking Out For At-Risk Turtles

When a construction project starts at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, one of the first aspects of planning is how it will effect the Wood Turtle.

Between 75 and 100 Wood Turtles, listed as endangered in the US and in Canada, live on or near the base.

When officials at the base were told about the turtle population, they hired two researchers from the University of New Brunswick to find and protect the turtles. They had to develop a protection plan in accordance with federal law.

The biggest threat to these turtles is traffic, particularly in the spring through the fall, with many getting run over as they move about. Part of the protection plan includes having someone travel ahead of construction vehicles to look for turtles or their habitat.

These protection efforts will keep staff at Gagetown busy for decades. The turtles don’t breed until around 17 or 18 years of age, and Wood Turtles have been known to live as long as 32 years in the wild.

Gagetown’s Environmental Compliance Officer, Noah Pond, says that officials on base are trying to learn the patterns of the turtle so that in the future they can avoid areas on the base when the turtles are active.

A great example of cooperation between big and small, strong and weak.

 

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7:56PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thanks to the troops for saving the turtles.

8:28PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Soldiers perform a lot of great tasks.....

11:46AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

High five to our men and women in uniform !

10:09AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Every little bit helps in protecting wildlife.........Good job!

8:32AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Thanks for protecting the turtles. The name seems to fit the profession. Noah Pond. It could be Know a pond also. Very cute.

4:07AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Bless the soldiers for protecting them :o)

3:35AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Petition above signed as well!

3:34AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Thank you for sharing! :-)

12:13AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Good to see they are going to protect them, the only way to go.

6:15PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Good news for a change!

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