Snapshot

Turtles and their nesting sites are under threat in Fraserburg, Ontario by a plan to pave over 1,000 feet along the South Muskoka River Bank. Three species of turtles are known to nest in this area, including the endangered Blanding’s Turtle. 

Residents, businesses and organizations are coming together to save the turtles. You can help us protect this crucial ecosystem and the species that live here. Please donate today!

Fraserburg, Ontario, Canada

Protecting Critical Turtle Habitat

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Story

Thick vegetation running parallel to the South Muskoka River makes the riverbed and road shoulder along Fraserburg Road an idyllic place for turtles to lay their precious eggs. Tragically, this perfect turtle nursery is currently under threat. 

There is a proposal underway to pave 1,000 feet of riverbank and road shoulder in this critical habitat. This construction project is unnecessary and will destroy the nesting sites of Painted, Snapping and endangered Blanding’s Turtles. We are working together to stop this needless destruction, but we need your help!

Bob Dyment, a Muskoka cottager since 1958, has been identifying turtle nesting sites in this area for more than a decade. This year alone, he has identified a dozen turtle nesting sites that would be destroyed by the proposed construction, resulting in critical damage to the long-term health of the species. Because turtles return to the same nesting site each year, when a nest is destroyed it not only ruins that year’s clutch of eggs, but has serious implications for future eggs laid by the mother turtle. 

Snapping turtle eggs laid in the Kowpakwakog River after the female tried unsuccessfully several times to nest in her regular site following a similar construction project nearby.

We are providing years worth of data, collected by Mr. Dyment, on the turtle nests to the province to demonstrate the importance of this location. But data alone won’t win our fight. Time is of the essence and we need to act now to prevent this irreversible damage and save the turtles. Please donate today! 

Check out Save Muskoka Turtles to learn more about the turtles and the area. You can also call or write to your councillors using our simple tool!

Nesting sites mapped onto the project area. All of these sites will be destroyed by the proposed plan.

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Name Donation Date
Cecily Thomas $100 November 12, 2022 7:37 am
Eryn Jagosky $25 September 28, 2022 12:39 am
Wendie Donabie $50 August 20, 2022 7:08 pm
Hannah Lee Kuryllowicz $10 August 20, 2022 5:18 pm
Robert Dyment $1,000 August 4, 2022 2:51 pm
Ian Robinson $100 July 26, 2022 1:18 am
Laurie Thomson $105 July 25, 2022 10:25 pm
Katherine Ristic $125 July 25, 2022 10:10 pm
Maurine Mikhail $50 July 25, 2022 12:18 pm
Michael Appleby $100 July 21, 2022 4:17 pm