During 2017 and moving forward, BDHACC is investing considerable effort to establishing new turtle nesting grounds throughout Simcoe County. Currently with locations in Innisfil, Springwater and Barrie, this effort is well underway. Negotiations regarding additional locations in Sprinwater and Oro are ongoing.
Many will have seen Ontario turtles on the sides of roads and highways. The sand/gravel we line our roads with is a preferred nesting material, providing an ideal substance for turtles to lay their eggs. Turtle crossing signs abound throughout the province, warning us to take care in areas that these animals frequently traverse during laying season. Despite this, a significant number of turtles are injured and killed on roadways, as they cross to and from nesting areas to their primary habitats. The purpose of this specific effort, is to provide optimal nesting material in those areas which A) have existing and active turtle populations and B) which will help prevent migration across a roadway in order to reach optimal nesting material.