As it turns out, Eagles Lake is not just for the eagles. Habitat Acquisition Trust has teamed up with the Highlands district to enhance the space of the resident Western Painted Turtles.
The first step taken was installing basking logs that the endangered turtles will use to maintain their ideal body heat, important to their survival.
Next, the Habitat Acquisition Trust team removed weedy plants from the shoreline. Excessive weed growth can get in the way of turtles looking for a space to nest. Finally, they spread some nice sandy soil. This substrate offers the turtles the right kind of material for digging a nest in.
Turtle tips: in the spring, especially on warm days, keep an eye out for Western Painted Turtle Activity. Turtles can easily become road kill and baby turtles among the grass stand no chance against a lawnmower. If you spot a turtle in the road, you can help move it to safety. It's best to move the turtle safely away from the side of the road in the direction it was headed. Otherwise, it may attempt to cross again.
A special thanks to volunteer John Potter for giving his time and energy to the turtle enhancement. Keep an eye out on Shaw TV to see Paige Erickson-McGee, Habitat Acquisition Trust's Stewardship Cooridnator speaking about this project.