HERPS IN THE NEWS
groups sue Ontario government (September 10, 2013)
Environmental groups are suing the Ontario government for its decision to exempt major threats to
species at risk from the province’s Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Massasauga Rattlenakes in the News
SAVE THE TURTLES: Researcher trying to reduce number of turtles
hit by cars (July 12, 2013)
jaywalks on Bathurst Street (July 12, 2013)
When Samantha Butler rescued a 23-kilogram turtle, she gave him the shirt off her back — and a quick trip to the
Blanding's Turtles and Wind Farms (July 5, 2013)
a turtle toppled Prince Edward County wind turbines
- Former premier Dalton McGuinty could never have imagined the Blanding's turtle would thwart his dream of a wind-driven
green economy in Ontario.
turtles halt wind farm at Ostrander Point
- A tribunal has blocked a proposed wind farm because of increased vehicle traffic, poachers and predators it would create
in the endangered creature's habitat.
Turtle hit by car airlifted 400 km for medical care (May 17, 2013)
A snapping turtle injured by a car in Ontario has been airlifted more than 400 kilometres to an animal hospital,
and is now on a slow road to recovery.
on this story.
in Roadkill Requires New Solutions (May 16, 2013)
Article in Scientific American.
On the road again (April 22, 2013)
Helping Ontario's snakes and reptiles cross roads safely.
Proud Species Commits Suicide Rather Than Be Driven To Extinction By Humans (February 26, 2013)
Satirical article about leatherback turtles.
Almost one in five reptiles struggling to survive (February 15, 2013)
Nineteen percent of the world's reptiles are estimated to be threatened with extinction, states a paper published today
by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in conjunction with experts from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC).
- The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States(January 29, 2013)
Although the press has focused on birds and small mammals (billions
killed by cats in USA), this Nature paper also calculates no. reptiles
and amphibians killed by cats per year in USA:
258-822 million reptiles per year (median 478 million)
95-299 million amphibians per year (median 173 million)
Croaking: Science's New Normal? (November 17, 2012)
Merging ecological emergencies and funding cuts made for one gloomy 'world summit' of herpetologists this year. By Leslie Anthony.
Frog-Bear Land Acquisition (October 31, 2012)
Acquisition of land in British Columbia's Creston Valley that is a key linkage area for grizzly bears and
mountain caribou, and provides critical habitat for endangered northern leopard frogs.
Minimizing highway impact on amphibians (October 1, 2012)
A report titled "Assessing the Effectiveness of Amphibian Mitigation on the Sea to Sky Highway:
Population-level Effects and Best Management Practices for Minimizing Highway Impacts".
Mysterious rattlesnake-killing infection emerges (March 13, 2012)
- Tyrone Hayes speaks about atrazine (February 27, 2012)
Tyrone Hayes is a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley. The link shows a video of him speaking with filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer
about the effect of atrazine on amphibians.
- Ontario snapping turtle
endangered yet hunted (February 27, 2011)
To participate in a campaign to stop the hunting of snapping turtles in Ontario, visit the David Suzuki Foundation.
- Land frog named world's tiniest vertebrate
(January 20, 2012)
Turning the Tide for Turtles (January 10, 2012)
Follow the link above to help the Toronto Zoo qualify for a grant to fund
their turtle conservation projects.
Land Development Threatens Fowler's Toad Habitat (January 10, 2012)
You may already be well informed on the land development proposal
threatening Fowler's toad habitat in Fort Erie, ON. If not, I
encourage you to please read below. The MNR is now accepting
written public comments on the development project, please see their
"The proposal to build the condominium development on the Lake Erie
shoreline in Fort Erie has the potential to impact Fowler's Toad and
its habitat . . . Fowler's Toad is known to occur on the proposed
development site, and habitat for Fowler's Toad has been identified
within the property boundaries. The proposal includes a 12-storey
condominium building and associated deck area and commercial
businesses that would occupy a portion of the property on Crystal
Beach on Lake Erie in the Town of Fort Erie. Public amenities
include beach access, restrooms and a pavilion. The MNR has reviewed
reasonable alternatives, and the proposal was adjusted to minimize
adverse effects on individual toads and their habitat. An
application for an overall benefit permit would include creation of
sand dunes in a protected area to enhance Fowler's Toad habitat on
- Speak Out Against Turtles Getting
Hooked in British Columbia! (January 10, 2012)
- Manitoba Herps Atlas (January 10, 2012)
The Manitoba Herps Atlas (MHA) began collecting location records for amphibians and reptiles in Manitoba in 2011.
The MHA is a citizen-science project that lets people enter records of
herp locations and view the results online. It makes use of newly
available, simple internet technologies such as Google Fusion Tables to
collect and present location data. In its first year of operation
nearly 1100 records have been submitted, including many for a number of
species at risk in this province. Initial analysis of the data has
shown a range extension for the Mink Frog in southeast Manitoba, as
well as other interesting records for a number of other species. The
project is off to a good start, but needs to involve more people from
the northern part of the province in data collection.
- Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Found in B.C.
(November 26, 2011)
- Bracing for a bullfrog invasion (November 6, 2011)
From the New York Times
- Canadian sea turtles score big goal! (Novermber 1, 2011)
We wish to thank The Center for North American Herpetology (CNAH) for
helping the Canadian Sea Turtle Network in the Jamieson Vitamins funding
contest. We came in second place . . . and went home with $23,258.00. We
were thrilled about this funding (which will help us with our field
program) and about competing so strongly against much bigger
Please pass along our thanks to the colleagues you asked to vote on our
Canadian Sea Turtle Network
- Press Release:
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) and the Canadian
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network (CARCNET) are pleased to announce that
RBG's Cootes Paradise, Carrolls Bay and Grindstone Valley nature sanctuaries have
been designated as an Important Amphibian and Reptile Area (IMPARA) by CARCNET.