Aug 27, 2012
This spring, Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) Natural Lands staff tracked a female Blanding’s turtle from RBG to her nesting site in a nearby subdivision. The nest was protected from predation in the spring and today, after a short 71 days, eight hatchlings emerged! RBG staff took them safely across the road and down into the marsh where their mother came from. Blandings turtles are considered to be threatened in Ontario, which means that they're at risk of becoming endangered in Ontario if limiting factors are not reversed.
To learn more about the Blandings turtle, you can read this fact sheet from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources or visit the Blanding's Turtle information page produced by the Royal Ontario Museum and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.