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URGENT – HELP NEEDED TO RELOCATE TURTLE NESTS

For the past few years, Joan Norris and a band of volunteers have been helping native turtles breed on the Close Point causeway (a private road on Rice Lake near Gore’s Landing) by protecting their nests from the time when the eggs are laid to when the hatchlings emerge. Last year, almost 2000 hatchlings made it to the water; when the project started, predation was 100%.
Alas, due to circumstances beyond our control, the causeway where the nests are located is scheduled to be paved next week, immediately after Labour Day. As the turtles have not yet hatched, the nests need to be dug up & relocated, necessitating a much larger group of volunteers than usual.
Help is needed on this Thursday & Friday (Sep 3 and 4), and depending on the number of volunteers, possibly into the weekend.
Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear and bring trowels and gloves, knee pads and a black felt pen if possible. Joan will also need containers to put the nests into for transportation. Pails, buckets, anything larger than 6”X6”X6” can hold one nest.

If you might be able to help, or know someone (perhaps a student) who could help, please consider pitching in.

Here’s the contact info you need:

Joan Norris:  cell: 905-373-2762,  landline: 905-372-9957
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