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Regional or Local Number: PP-2009-3592

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PP-2009-3592 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The five objectives of this study are: 1. to actively locate turtle nests within Point Pelee National Park 2. to effectively protect all turtle nests located, with priority given to Species at Risk 3. to opportunistically mark and recapture all turtle species 4. to ensure all protected turtle nests in PPNP are checked daily once hatching may be expected to occur and release all turtle hatchlings in suitable locations 5. to record the number of hatchlings and report the results of the PPNP turtle nest protection program

Start Date: 2009-05-25   End Date: 2012-10-17

Issuing Authority: Parks Canada Agency

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Canada National Parks Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

a) all reasonable alternatives to the activity that would reduce the impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted; Turtle nest protection is the only feasible option to protect turtle SAR nests from heavy raccoon predation. The nest protection procedures being used were developed in collaboration with several herpetologists and have been in place for over eight years. b) all feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species or its critical habitat or the residences of its individuals; and Training sessions will be conducted to facilitate information transfer between highly experienced turtle researchers and new volunteers and staff working with turtle eggs. The orientation of the eggs in the nest is maintained in their natural position if eggs are handled during nest protection so that embryo development is undisturbed. Eggs are not handled if the nest is more than 3 days old (as determined by the degree of calcification on the egg shell). c) the activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. Turtle nest protection protocols have been developed and used by researchers throughout North America with great success (eg. Brooks 1998). What is more, these methods have been used in Point Pelee National Park for 8 years, and have proven to be very effective in aiding (due to protection from predators), rather than hindering nest survival.

Contact Person(s)
Tammy Dobbie
Ecosystem Management Coordinator
Point Pelee National Park of Canada
407 Monarch Lane, R.R.1
Leamington, ON
N8H 3V4
Tel: 519-932-5700
Fax: 519-932-1678

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