Important Information

We are in the process of developing the rehabilitation side of the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital but we are not yet ready to receive injured turtles for treatment. In the meantime, we recommend that injured turtles be sent to the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre (www.kawarthaturtle.org) in Peterborough. Please call them at 705-741-5000 to make arrangements. Stay tuned for announcements about our progress. We expect a lot of things to happen soon!

 


 

Mission Statement:

 

The Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital (GBTH) is a non-profit organization that will rehabilitate injured turtles, incubate recovered eggs, and conduct other activities related to the conservation of turtles, such as public education, population monitoring, and research. Our primary focus is expected to be the Georgian Bay watershed region, though we will accept turtles from the entire Lake Huron watershed. This is a pretty big area (see map below) that contains some of the best remaining turtle populations in Canada.

 

 

 

What we do and why:

 

Seven out of eight of Ontario turtle species are currently at risk and most of these species can be found in the Georgian Bay watershed. Road mortality is the most serious threat to turtles in the Georgian Bay watershed. We hope to reduce this threat as much as possible.

 

 

A female turtle can continue to produce eggs annually for many decades, and once they reach adulthood their main cause of death is being hit by vehicles. One dead female turtle can remove hundreds of future babies from the turtle population, so helping one female turtle to heal and return to the wild can make a dramatic difference for the future of that population. Turtles can survive devastating injuries if only given the right treatment and supportive care to heal in a safe place. GBTH aims to be that place for the Georgian Bay watershed. Our efforts are modelled after the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, a wonderful facility in Peterborough. They do great things, but they have limited space, and are quite a distance from our region. A local centre, such as GBTH, should increase the numbers of turtles brought in by the public, and increase the overall survival rate for hit turtles across the watershed.

 

 

 

Habitat loss, collection as pets or for food, and increased numbers of nest predators around human activity are also important threats, but reducing these requires a different approach. 

 

Current Work:

 

Although our rehabilitation operations are still on hold, our public education, stewardship, and research efforts began in May 2013 with the Saving Turtles at Risk Today (START) project in Muskoka. This partnership with Scales Nature Park and Laurentian University received a huge boost in 2014 with funding from the Canadian Wildlife Foundation (CWF) and the Rogers Foundation. We now have teams of staff and volunteers surveying wetlands and patrolling roads in Muskoka for turtles. We are learning about where turtles cross roads, lay eggs, hibernate, and much more.  You can help, if you like! See below for details. You may also meet one of our teams at a public event, spreading the word about turtle conservation. We love to talk "turtle," so please stop by and ask questions, or tell us about the turtles you have seen in your area! For more information about this project, send an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Our turtle 'catchment' area! Georgian Bay/Lake Huron Watershed1

  

How you can help:

 

Get involved! Volunteer your time with our various projects

Help spread the word; tell everyone you know!

Donations! Please check the donations page for details.

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Sponsor a future turtle rehabilitation room

Hold a GBTH fundraiser!

Rescue injured turtles from roadways

Call us if you see a nesting turtle!

Document any turtles you see with the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas

 

Contact us for more details about how you can support Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital!

 

 Some examples of our education, stewardship and research efforts!

 

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