The local turtle week is virtually coming back

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London, Ontario –

Local Turtle Week (LTW) is going virtual again this year, featuring freshwater turtles you can learn more about from the comfort of your home.

LTW is an educational event that encourages people to learn more about protecting Ontario’s freshwater turtles.

Local Turtle Week takes place from August 27 to September 2.

It’s a week of online education and home activities for families.

Haldimand Stewardship Council (HSC) and community partners, including Ausable Bayfield Conservation (ABCA), use photos, videos and home activities to educate the public.

The event usually takes place in person but is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marcus Maddalena, biologist and stewardship coordinator for Huron County, says it’s a great way to educate people on how to protect turtles and their habitats.

“We also need to preserve and enhance wetlands and natural areas that provide habitat for turtles,” Maddelena said in a statement.

Hope Brock, Healthy Watershed Technician at ABCA, says turtles play an important role in our ecosystem, especially in preserving wetlands.

“We must preserve and improve our wetlands and plant native trees and shrubs and protect and develop the natural areas that are home to turtle species.”

For four years, the turtle release event took place near Exeter, Ontario, reaching an attendance record of 1,500 people in its final year (2019) as an in-person event.

Since then, the turtle education activity has turned into a week online of photos, videos, social media posts and home activities.

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