This Saturday May 23rd is World Turtle Day! In honor of this righteous day we are requesting our volunteers to head to a local lake (Thetis, Langford, Elk-Beaver, Durrance, Matheson, or others) and scout for turtles.
We are nearing the end of nesting season for our native Western Painted Turtle, but they will likely be basking in this early summer sun or crossing the roads after nesting. So keep your eyes open and report turtle sightings to HAT!
Whether it is on a road, in a pond, or digging in your backyard, there are steps you can take to help out these friends.
In the Victoria area we have two main species of turtle, use this guide to help you ID which one you are seeing
Find out why these turtles are so special and unique to our region
HAT has been working to help this endangered turtle, learn more about the work we have been doing to protect and restore their habitat.
Your support of the turtle project means these mother turtles have a chance to lay their eggs in a safe place and continue on in the next generation!
So get out there and keep your eyes out for these little heroes in a half shell! Soon the baby turtles will be on the move like this one: