Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 3:15pm
Celebrate World Turtle Day
It is a good day to be a turtle in the South Nation River watershed.
“Happy World Turtle Day,” said Karin Paquette, a fisheries technologist with the South Nation Conservation Authority.
May 23 is World Turtle Day, an event created 17 years ago by American Tortoise Rescue, a non-profit group which promotes humane treatment and conservation of all species of reptiles, including turtles and tortoises. The event has gained international status and support to the point that Canada Post announced Thursday that it is issuing two commemorative stamps for World Turtle Day, which depict images of the Blanding’s turtle (see photo) and the Spotted turtle, both native to Canada and both classed as endangered in the country.
The Spotted turtle and the Blanding’s turtle are two of the seven species of turtle which are part of the South Nation River eco-system. The presence of turtles is a sign of a healthy eco-system, Paquette noted, and humans need to be avoid actions which might interfere with or destroy a turtle nesting site.